Legalization of Prostitution: Womens Studies Essay

2108 Words Nov 19th, 2010 9 Pages
Legalization of Prostitution

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the vastly contentious issue of the legalization of prostitution. Within this subject I will consider both arguments for legalizing prostitution, as well as arguments against. My paper will begin with a brief summary of the appealing nature of the industry while considering the positives of the subject; including specific facts and studies that support the legalization of prostitution as beneficial. My paper will then continue with considering the opposing view of the subject as well, using specific studies that demonstrate the legalization of prostitution to be detrimental. Laws, concepts, solutions and pros and cons will all be reviewed and discussed in detail
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In October of 2010, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health conducted a study to assess whether the legality of prostitution impacts the access that sex workers have to health services. The study took place in three Australian cities, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth; all of which differ in their prostitution laws. In Melbourne brothels are legal only if they are licensed; in Sydney, prostitution is largely decriminalized; and in Perth prostitution, in all forms, is illegal. Regardless of the differing laws, the study found that all cities have government- funded, health promotion programs and outreach facilities for sex workers, although Perth’s program is invite- only and Melbourne’s program discriminated against those working in unlicensed brothels. The results of this study concluded that sexual health centers, as a source of safe sex training, are mainly expended by workers in Sydney, as 52 percent of sex workers take advantage of this resource. Sydney is followed by Perth at 35 percent and lastly Melbourne at 33 percent (Harcourt et al., 2010). At 88 percent, Sex workers in Melbourne's licensed brothels were the most likely to have access to free condoms, followed by Sydney at 39 percent and Perth at 12 percent (Harcourt et al., 2010). These results demonstrate that the legal circumstances of solicitation directly affect the way in which health

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