The Pros and Cons of Illegal Prostitution

1448 WordsJan 30, 20186 Pages
It’s called the oldest profession in the world, but despite its longevity in almost every society and culture, sex work is illegal in most places. Research suggests that the decriminalization of prostitution would be beneficial because it would reduce the danger posed to sex workers, stop imposing a civil law on a morally wrong activity when sex is consensual, and provide the government a tax income instead of a legal expense. One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about sex workers is the danger posed to prostitutes. Theft, rape, kidnapping, threats, blackmail, murder, and more are things that these women, (and some men,) have to deal with on a daily basis. Cash is king in the sex work world, and can be easily or forcibly taken in many circumstances. Even for workers who demand payment beforehand, the fact remains that there is not much standing between a man and getting back the money he has to pay for sex. Some workers avoid this problem with a pimp, who can intimidate the client and make theft less of an issue, however pimps bring their own problems and hazards to the industry. Rape or sexual assault is somewhat surprisingly a real issue in prostitution work. It may sound a bit strange, but being that rape is simply non-consensual sex, there are a myriad of opportunities for that to happen at almost any time. Kidnapping of sex workers often goes hand-in-hand with other crimes, such as the aforementioned, as well as murder. It’s not unusual to read
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