Prostitution Debate Summary

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Jared Rayborn states in Willamette Law Review that “the laws criminalizing prostitution are designed to protect society’s moral sanctity, regardless of any individual choice or will” (Rayborn 126). Rayborn flat out says there that law isn’t an individual choice but the moral code which the government is making for the United States and for the people. Our laws have moral theory behind them in order to protect others. In the case of murder, it is morally wrong because it diminishes of another person. However prostitution is not, whether one believes it to be destructive to the person committing the act, it does not hurt anyone else in the process. Law is not based on moral theory when it comes to one’s self. Law is based on facts
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Although everything stated in the oppositions side could be a very reasonable it can be challenged and backed up by the other side of the spectrum, legalization of prostitution in the United States will do more good than bad. The legalization of sex workers in the United States could present tax benefits and reduce health risks and spread of disease. Along with the understood right that a man or a woman is free do with their body as they …show more content…
Other countries who have already legalized prostitution and have seen it work first hand. With the United States following the example of these other countries the United States could flourish in similar ways. One state within the United States that prostitution still remains legal when practiced in a licensed house (such as a brothel). Under Nevada Administrative Code, a series of transmitted diseases are checked for before being employed in any of the brothels. The tests the sex workers must undergo is gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and syphilis. After this testing does not just disappear, but yet gonorrhea and chlamydia testing will be done every week and HIV and syphilis will be done monthly to ensure all the sex workers are healthy. Jared Rayborn quoted in Willamette Law Review that in Nevada “in 2000, the rate of infection from AIDS and STDs for legal prostitutes in Nevada was zero” (129-130). An immense part of this due to the fact the sex workers were getting frequent testing but also that they were allowed to and felt safe to deny service to whomever or require they wear a condom. Commonly in illegal prostitution women fear that if they deny sex to any man that they will be beat for it and therefore cannot go to the cops because it is illegal. This shows that with the practice of healthy and legal prostitution it could have massive benefits to the sex

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