The Problem Of Prostitution

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What is prostitution? Prostitution is defined as an act or practice of engaging in sexual activity for money. Prostitution is illegal in the United States with the exception of 11 Nevada counties. In those 11 counties state law requires all prostitutes to use a condom, and be tested weekly for sexually transmitted diseases and monthly for HIV. The prostitutes as well as their owners are required to be licensed and registered and pass a background check.
How is human trafficking defined? Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of an individual for labor or services through the use of force, fraud or coercion. Men are often trafficked in hard labor, while women and children are more
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Where have we seen these words used together? We said that human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of an individual for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. There are not many prostitutes that work independently. If a young girl is coerced to think that her “pimp” will take care of her and love her through him using her as a prostitute makes these two terms co-exist with each other. Even if someone consents to being a prostitute there is some factor that is “promised” to get them to agree. These individuals are promised money, love, protection, a better life, etc. Little do they know they are not employees but yet sex slaves, while their “pimps” or “owners” are making the profit. Also if it was consensual then these individuals should be able to leave or stop whenever they want to but that too is not the case. So what exactly makes prostitution different from sex trafficking?
There is a legal trend here in the United States that do not allow for minors to be arrested and charged for prostitution. It is believed and considered that any minor found to be a prostitute was forced or coerced into doing so. Instead of being arrested they are transferred to social service programs that can get them the help they need. I do not believe personally that any person wakes up and aspires to be a prostitute when they are older. If anyone consents to it; it is because they think they will gain something
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The article explained that in countries like Sweden, prostitution is illegal and considered a violence against women. Please remember that males are included in these discussions; it is just females are the majority. The article mentioned certain countries lifted the ban on prostitution and I found it interesting that the sex trafficking rates increased. For example, in the Netherlands, sex trafficking increased by 25% after prostitution was made legal. I think the ending of the article really hit the nail on the end. The distinction between “voluntary” and “forced” prostitution does not exist in the world we live in. The example used, if a “pimp” gets caught he cannot avoid prosecution because he paid the “consenting” victim. It is a criminal act no matter what the circumstances were. According to the Special Rapporteur of the UN on Trafficking consent is logically

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