AP Language and Composition
13 November 2013
Among all the controversial topics, prostitution is one of the most scandalous. Being one of the world’s oldest professions; prostitution uses the sin of adultery to lure clients into spending money on sexual pleasure. Although many prostitutes are controlled by pimps and social pressures, the act of prostitution is a lucrative way to make quick and relatively easy money. If one were to take in the positives and negatives of prostitution, it’s clear to see that legalization, though frowned upon, would have a progressive outcome. Inductive Reasoning
One of the first reasons for legalization of prostitution is the increase of both prostitute and customer safety. The article “Legalizing Prostitution” makes a point that the industry would be much safer, because prostitutes could report client abuse to the credible law enforcement; they wouldn’t have to report to street pimps and criminals. This article also talks of the Netherlands and Nevada, where prostitution is already legal: “the government allows prostitution to take place openly but regulates it in certain ways, such as by allowing it only in licensed brothels, or requiring the use of condoms during sex and periodic testing for sexually transmitted diseases” (“Legalizing Prostitution”). This legalization of prostitution brings the factors to light, letting trusted government officials regulate the act by ensuring no diseased prostitutes and no unprotected sex. If a client does happen to refuse the sex act unless the sex is unprotected, the prostitute can go to the police and receive legal protection. This act of bringing prostitution to light has other positives as well, such as the regulation of the manipulation of minors into prostitution (Liberator). Mark Liberator is quoted in “Prostitution Should be Legalized” saying: It is estimated that 100,000 to 3 million teens are nearly invisibly prostituted...
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