Why Prostitution Should Be Legal

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Money and sex, two things that seem to be of highest importance to many people in today’s society. People seem to want to have them both, but when someone combines the two, people suddenly change their minds. Why? That becomes prostitution, and that is illegal. Due to the fact that prostitution has been deemed wrong and made illegal for many years, people think that it should remain that way. Many people fail to see a world that could truly be helped significantly through the legalization of prostitution. Prostitution should be made legal due to the facts that it would reduce the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases and infections, help to improve the economy, and would significantly reduce crime rates. Prostitution is defined as “the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money,” according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (“Prostitution”). The word “prostitute” has been the term used to describe those who exchange sex for money. The commonly used term nowadays, “sex worker”, was not introduced until the 1970s. Prostitute, Scarlot Harlot, fashioned the title when she was living in San Francisco (Grant). For years upon years prostitution has been a taboo subject that many people have strong feelings towards. Judging from the outside, people view prostitution as a dirty, immoral, and damned profession. Most people do not even consider prostitution a profession. In fact, it is one of the oldest professions in the world.
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