5 December 2014
One of the oldest legal problems comes from one of the world's oldest profession, prostitution; there is no denying that the sex industry has been an international work force and some believe it has helped the economy for many countries. As countries around the world deliberate the characteristics of legalizing or at least decriminalizing prostitution. By legalizing or decriminalizing would this reduce some of the inequalities and abuse suffered by the women involved? On the other hand, by legitimizing prostitution, would society reverse decades of work to promote human rights and help women become more involved in society? One might say, this is just is just an argument our society brings up over and over again and never resolves. However, it is not. Rather than focus on morality, now the question asked should be: is prostitution a form of exploitation to be put an end to or an occupation to be regulated? Personally, I don't know why prostitution isn't legal, other than for some moral reason. It's something you cannot get rid of, so I think prostitution should be legalized. I believe that if a male or female decides to sell her body in a sexual or erotic manner then that is their business. Granted, I do not find prostitution a decent profession, nor would I ever consider it, but I think it is a decision that should be made by the individual. I will argue in this paper that by decriminalizing prostitution, prostitution can be seen as an occupation, laws would protect prostitutes, and finally health concerns would be regulated. For decades, researchers have speculated why women would go freely into prostitution. Latent lesbianism, low intelligence, a home life of abuse, and desperate poverty are on the top of the list of possible reasons. Nevertheless, no one has been able to isolate a specific set of social factors that leads to prostitution. “But, many women enter the sex work from a variety of castes and for a range of reasons. Some are abandoned by their families, some are beaten by their husbands, and some are widows” (Gangoli 2007). Current articles about prostitutes and new scientific studies have been shown through, How Indian feminist engage with prostitution, to conclude that prostitution is, “just another occupation” (Gangoli 2007). If in fact, prostitution is looked upon as an occupation, then why not create a win-win situation for the women. Some believe “like any other occupation, sex-work too is an occupation and not a moral condition. If it is one of the ‘oldest’ professions in the world, it is because prostitution must have continued to meet an important and consistent social demand. But the word ‘prostitute’ is rarely used to refer to an occupational group of women who earn their livelihood through providing sexual services” (Gangoli 2007). The DMSC, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, believes prostitution is a career choice for social and economic reasons (Gangoli 2007). Prostitutes would contribute economically to society and would have in return rights to health benefits and retirement would be ensured. Prostitutes should pay regular taxes on the same terms of other working people and employees, and with that receive the same benefits as them. As well as being able to contribute to society, prostitutes will be safer following the rules of the law. One argument against prostitution is that women and children are forced into the sex trade or they are kidnapped. This can be true, especially in Asia and other third world countries, “women and girls are taken across borders and sold into brothels and into sex-work without them knowing or their consent” (Joshi pg. 242). It should be noted; however, that most prostitutes do not consider themselves to be victims and claim to freely choose prostitution as their occupation. In the article Immorality, Hurt or Choice, the author recognizes India and their...
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