The Legalization And Decriminalization Of Prostitution Essay

2167 Words May 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
Prostitution is one of the oldest profession, not just to the United States, but worldwide, and the persecution of sex workers is just as old. With the popularity of prostitution, religious groups fought to guarantee that the United Sates outlawed the soliciting and offering of sex for money by the early 1900’s. This still remains the case to today in all states of the United States, with the exception of the state of Nevada. Nevada has legalized prostitution in counties with a population of fewer than 400,000 persons and the laws permit prostitution mostly by accepting the brothels and sex workers not necessarily condoning it. (Brents and Hausbeck) Making Prostitution illegal does not help with the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and other dangers due to the sex work industry, criminalization only accelerates these risks, instead of reducing them. Many individuals strongly believe the legalization and decriminalization of prostitution dignify the sex worker and gives her credibility to her career choice. Allowing for the legalization of prostitution, for consenting adults, would allow for better regulation of sex workers, an increase of job availability, and decriminalization of a victimless crime.
Since the beginning of time, males have wanted more sex than females were willing to supply and they would try and find ways to obtain it. (McNeill) When the European settlers brought prostitution to North America, there was no Native American equivalent to the…

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