The Prostitution Industry Essay

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The Prostitution Industry A prostitute is defined by the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary as “a person who offers herself / himself for sexual intercourse for money.” Legally, prostitution is the sale of sexual services. The services may consist of any sexual acts, including those which do not involve copulation. While payment may be any nonsexual consideration, most commonly it is in the form of money. In what seems to be a world historical pattern, an upsurge in prostitution followed the effects of urbanization and wage labor. In Africa and Latin America this trend was heightened by industrial development, which greatly accelerated extensive displacement of people from traditional kinship ties. Women often…show more content…
Abolition is a view that prostitution is immoral and prostitutes and their clients should be prosecuted. This view calls for the complete removal of all prostitution activity within a community, and making all associated activities illegal in the eyes of the law. Regulation, on the other hand, allows prostitution to be considered a legitimate business or at least an unavoidable evil; thus prostitution and empowerment of prostitutes are legal, but regulated in terms of health, location of practice, etc. Legalization sees prostitution as a victimless crime and should be made completely legal so that it is no longer an underground activity, allowing the normal checks and balances of society and existing laws to apply. Decriminalization acknowledges that prostitution is inevitable, but exploitative; thus measures should be put in place to protect prostitutes i.e. laws should target violent pimps and traffickers but not the prostitutes. UTILITARIAN VS DEONTOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON PROSTITUTION Utilitarianism seeks the greatest good for the greatest number of people. They believe that they should make decisions that result in the greatest total utility, that is, achieve the greatest benefit for all those affected by a decision. Utilitarian decision making relies on a systematic comparison of the costs and benefits to all affected parties. (Ferrel et al: 2005, p.98) In the case of prostitution, a utilitarian would conduct a
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