When Porn is Not Enough
John F. Kennedy Middle College
When Porn is Not Enough
Americans love sex. Sex has become a high trend in American media and lifestyle. It is because we want it. We crave it. Young adolescent male’s hormones demand it. So why must we confined our right to have sex with whomever we want? Why has it become a taboo to pay for sex with a prostitute? It is because sex is considered bad, but in reality it is human nature for intercourse to occur. Demonizing sex has then caused prostitution to become an illegal crime, but what most do not realize is that prostitution is the oldest profession known to mankind.
Prostitution dates back as early as 2400 B.C. in the Sumerian Records. When you look back at these records you find nothing has really changed except for it becoming illegal. Prostitution is in every culture and is always looked upon in the same light. Those who are prostitutes are; dirty, sleazy, and good for nothing, people. When in reality they are the ones giving, they are not the receivers. Prostitutes are entertainers that range from both male and female. They bring comfort and sexual pleasures to their customers, and do whatever else the customer pays them to do. For example, a customer could buy an escort for the night to be their arm candy for a dinner party and play the role as a beautiful date.
Prostitution can be found in various forms. You have both street prostitutes and prostitutes from a brothel. Street prostitution occurs more so in the United States because it is illegal, making it harder for men and women to receive clients. Street prostitution is very dangerous, mostly for women because they could be controlled by their ‘pimps’ or just the fact that they can be attacked and raped any time they are on the job. Women who do work in this industry know the dangers that come with the job, but they have to find a way to make easy money sometimes because finding jobs are hard. Men and women both believe this also is the only outlet to make money when you have no special talents or good work ethic for them. Prostitution within a brothel however is very different compared to the streets. Within the brothels there are regulations to keep everything sanitary. They make sure the sex workers are free of STDs and they also check the clients for STDs before they receive a service unlike those who work the streets.
One of the most serious questions is why would someone choose the life of prostitution? The answer is it varies from case to case. The happy tale on why some chose this course is the fact that these people enjoy sex, especially those who work in the brothels. These workers could live this fantasy life of luxury and security while fulfilling the sexual needs and their clients as well. For street workers, they have to do prostitution for survival. They need the money to feed themselves and pay rent. Sometimes these people are homeless and have nothing to live for and have to sell their bodies to survive. There have also been cases that show that people who go into this career route go into it because they had a traumatic sexual experience in their lifetime. Events like rape by family members or strangers can cause negative impacts mentally on these people’s lives.
In the U.S. there are about 1 – 2 million prostitutes who roam the streets waiting for their next client. 78,000 of those prostitutes go to jail but are immediately released if there is no evidence of substance abuse on them. These men and women get arrested by the police for soliciting because there is no evidence portraying that they are selling their body for sex. The main question is why target these people for arrest? They are selling their own personal body, so why should the state have a right to say how they use and treat it? Making it illegal for these men and women to sell their bodies makes it more dangerous because they have to then tie...
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