Today, the sex industry (aka the sex trade), which consists of, but is not limited to pornography, escorting, and prostitution is a $32-44 billion dollar industry worldwide.1 Both woman and men alike feel they have the right to choose how they express themselves and live life as sexual beings, even if this resorts to the oldest line of work, which is prostitution and has been around since the B.C. era. Prostitution cheapens the idea of sex as well as degrades the idea. This paper argues that prostitution should not be legalized due to all the negativity that surrounds it such as human trafficking, child exploitation, and diseases to name a few.
One of the biggest issues when it comes to legalizing prostitution is human trafficking, which involves trading degraded human beings into slavery and rape. An estimated 2.5 million of adults, both men and women are victims of human trafficking, but children are victims as well and are subjected to degrading sex acts at an early age.1 This fact is extremely concerning and brings in predators and sex offenders. In a survey, it is said that around $200k if not more can be made on one young child, usually the majority of victims being women and young girls.2 Human trafficking is not only a problem in the United States, but also is a worldwide epidemic. However, human degradation is not the only form of abuse in human trafficking. For instance, children and adults are trafficked for the sole purpose of organ harvesting. Recently, a young girl was transported into the United Kingdom from Somalia to have an organ removed and was sold illegally in the black market.3 Human trafficking is a prime example why prostitution should not be legalized as it promotes degradation, murder, and welcomes offenders.
Another concerning area when it comes to legalizing prostitution is that it promotes drug abuse. Drug addiction and abuse would still be a problem even if prostitution was legal. For example, most party drugs used for sex such...
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