Argument : Legalizing Prostitution

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Reese Kates Argument Paper English Comp 101- Mondays 7pm Prostitution is defined as the practice or occupation of engaging in sex with someone for payment. While the dictionary describes prostitution as a job, throughout The United States it is a highly illegal practice. Morality and the idea that prostitution is inherently demeaning is the basis for the laws pertaining to sex work. In contrast, the reasons to legalize prostitution are numerous, and places such as the Netherlands and cities in Nevada have embraced sex work as a legitimate business. If we were to look at prostitution in the same way, we would see many of the benefits. In countries where prostitution has been legalized the safety and health of both the sex workers and the people who frequent them is much higher. In The United States, the government would be able to regulate and collect taxes on all forms of sex work, helping both the economy and the sex workers themselves. Consenting adults should have the right to determine how they use their bodies or spend their money without the government trying to control them. These are all reasons why prostitution should be made legal within The United States. One of the most important things that should be considered is the safety of sex workers. In The United States alone, there are more than 1.5 million women who work as prostitutes. With no agencies to monitor or regulate the use of protection against sexually transmitted diseases or the occurrence of violence against sex workers, lives are being put into unnecessary danger. In an article written for The Lancet, the authors state that “the prevalence of sexually transmitted bacterial infections was 80 times greater in 63 illegal street prostitutes than in 753 of their legal brothel counterparts.” (Loff, Gaze, et al “Prostitution...”) These numbers show how regulation dramatically reduces the risks
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