Prostitution is known to be the world’s oldest profession, having been around for so long, this line of work has been subject to a lot of scrutiny; the most important debate resting on the whether or not prostitution should be legal. Although some may believe this debate to be black or white, there are many grey areas that play a part of this ongoing argument; these issues might prove to bring greater complications than meet the eye. Topics such as human rights, government involvement, the police’s role, must be considered when discussing the legality and policies that should be enforced concerning prostitution. Another key variable that must be taken into account when deliberating the legality of prostitution is the geographical location in which one is situated; culture, values, and religion will impact the approach of different countries regarding this controversy. Western culture has judged prostitution to be a criminal activity (excluding Nevada), however this is not the case for some asian countries. This critical review will compare 2 research articles, the first will discuss prostitution in America whereas the second article will explore the Taiwanese sex trade culture.
The first text, written by Sociologist Ronald Weitzer, is an excerpt from the book Crime, Law and Social Change.
Prostitution control in America: Rethinking Public Policy (Weitzer, 83) discusses the costs, victimization, community impact and mainly the alternative to the current policies that could be implemented regarding prostitution laws. The author, through detailed research, reviews policies such as decriminalization, legalization, and a twotrack model which involves indoor prostitution and restructuring street prostitution control. Ultimately deeming the twotrack model to be the most effective and promising policy for dealing with prostitution in american culture. (Weitzer, 93)
The second text
The Dilemma of prostitution in Taiwan and Thailand from an NHRP
, is researched and written by MinHsun Christine Kuo, Siriporn Yamnill and Gary N. McLean. (Kuo, 493) It discusses through the perspective of the National Human Resource Development, the implications that prostitution has on taiwanese and thailandese cultures; furthermore, what role should the NHRD play in this situation. For the purpose of this critical review, only the taiwanese culture will be examined. The dilemma expressed by the researchers is that, the HRD (Human Resource Development) plays a large role in providing training, career development and opportunities for various occupations. (Kuo, 494) Seeing as prostitution is a legal occupation in Taiwan, the organization is attempting to determine what should be their stance in addressing the dilemma of prostitution within society. (Kuo, 495) Through their extensive research, multiple themes arose regarding the issue. Those themes include factors that support the sex industry, legal status of prostitution in Taiwan, the extent of the prostitution, the HRD effort that have already been undertaken and their results, and recommendations made to influence prostitutes to change their profession. (Kuo, 497) Although the most flagrant difference of how prostitution is viewed in both American and Taiwan is undoubtedly the legality or illegality of prostitution, there are many similarities when it comes to how the problem is being dealt with. That being that the commonality between the two is that prostitution is viewed as a problem to both societies, consequently a deviant act. This ...
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