Prostitution- Morally Correct?

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PHL 2000 12-12-12 Thoughts on Prostitution Throughout modern day society, the action of prostitution is often seen as debatable with respect to different ethical issues. Prostitution can be defined as “The act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money,” and is usually provided as an underground service. Although the practice is illegal in most places, it actually becomes a “viable” job source for many women. The majority of prostitutes are female, mainly from the nature of the job; however men do become prostitutes on occasion. Prostitution raises many ethical issues from it being immoral because it tends to involve coercion, prostitution can be exploitive, it is degrading and involves violence/HIV. However, on the other side of the board, many people feel prostitution is an American freedom, a victimless crime and should be legal. One reason given as to why prostitution is immoral is that it tends to involve coercion. In most cases, people do not freely decide to become prostitutes. Sometimes, they are driven to the profession by desperation and a lack of other employment opportunities. Many times, people “exchange sexual services for economic compensation in the form of drugs, money, or needed resources such as housing or food” (Murphy 775). In other cases, they are forced into prostitution by others. For example, in human trafficking, people are enslaved and forced to be prostitutes. Clearly, slavery and forcing someone to do something against their will could be considered immoral. It might be argued that no one would freely choose to be a prostitute and that all people are coerced into doing so. However, some people freely and knowingly chose to be prostitutes. For example, underprivileged girls from lower end communities might choose to enter prostitution as a way to make a decent amount of money in short periods of time. Many women
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