Prostitution is considered to be one of the oldest profession in the history of mankind. Since ancient times, it is being practiced till now but no one is able to find out the exact date or exact year in which it started. Many attempts have been made in almost every country in the world in order to regulate it but all the attempts have gone into vein and still in majority country of the world it is unregulated profession.
Prostitution is a kind of business in which in which an individual engages in sexual activites in response of which he/she is offered or payed money. It is also known as commercial sex. It is said to be a criminal activity and one would be penelize in case he/she is providing prostitution services. Either you are a buyer or seller, you should be penalized.
Prostitution industry is not only profitable but also widespread. It’s not the only crime to have sex in return of gifts or cash infact there are many other crimes that are associated with this profession. Human trafickking is also one of the major issue that is related with this profession (Seo-YoungCho, 2013).
Why prostitution is illegal?
There are two different school of thoughts when it comes to prostitution. One says that doing prostituin is not bad for anyone as it doesnot make someone a victim instead it provides a way to earn money to those who are living hand to mouth. Whereas the other school of thought says that it is dangerous for the ones who are directly involved in this. As one could be involved in unwanted diseases through this whereas sexual violence is also a major factor due to which it is considered to be harmful.
Pros of legalizing prostitution
Prostitution is legal in the state of Nevada of United States. There are many pros on legalizing it (Wim Huisman, 2014). Such as:
- It would provide the people a way to earn money on daily basis so that they can support their families.
- If this profession become legal, there would be a rapid decrease in the ratio of rapes, human trafickking and and violence against women.
- Contries in which this profession is legal, the ratio of sexually transmitted diseases is very low.
- Everyone nows that it is a big industry, so by legalizing it, government can earn a lot of revenue.
- The people who are in the support of legalizing this profession say that it is just another job. It will create more job opportunities.
Cons of legalizing prostitution
- The risk of sexually transmitted diseases is very high through prostitution. Even if the hooker is being checked by the doctor regularly, still it can effect the other person as the infection cannot come in the reports in the first 12 weeks (CHAI YIANG SHIN, 2017).
- It is a very dangerous profession as there is no safety of women in this and moany prostitutes get killing in this.
- People who are against legalizing this profession say that the money earn form this profession in immoral as you are not any productive work, you are elling your own body against which you are earning money.
- Most of the prostitutes donot start this work by theirself instead they are forced to do so. So even if this profession legal, this thing wont change and women would be forced to choose this profession.
- Legalizing this profession would cause more distabiltity in the society as more people would start cheating their partner.
Prostitution is considered to be one of the oldest profession in this world. It has many types but still the question is whether it should be legalized or not? Despite being legal in many countries, the debate on legalizing this profession in other countries has never come to an end because it has many positive and negative sides and there are many crime associated with this profession.
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