Should prostitution be legalised? (Human Trafficking (Legalisation made it…
Should prostitution be legalised?
Two thirds of prostitutes suffer from PTSD-related conditions
500 prostitutes from around the world and discovered that two-thirds suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. In contrast, the condition is found in less than 5 percent of the general population
Dr. Farley also found that about two-thirds of the prostitutes studied complained of medical problems.
Higher risk of STD's
Research in the Review of Economic Studies found when prostitution was decriminalised in Rhode Island female gonorrhoea decreased by more than 40%
In one Australian study carried out in 1998, the prevalence of sexually transmitted bacterial infections was 80 times greater in 63 illegal street prostitutes than in 753 of their legal brothel counterparts
An analysis of data from 27 European countries found that in countries that have legalised some aspects of sex work there is a significantly lower HIV prevalence among sex workers compared to those countries where all aspects of sex work are criminalised
Governments can monitor and regulate the sex trade, ensuring sex workers negotiate use condoms and have regular STD screening.
Decriminalising sex work would cut HIV infections by one third-Lancet Sex Work article
Estimates suggest that between 40 and 85 per cent of all prostitutes are drug users. Legalising would increase the numbers being fed into substance abuse and addiction which in time would put strain on healthcare resources and rehabilitation facilities.
To counteract legalising would make it easier for prostitutes to be found by health workers in order to be rehabilitated which thus would decrease countries drug problems and problems associated with drug users
Legalisation made it easier for sex workers to report abuse, and for law enforcement to make arrests for crimes against sex workers.
After legalising prostitution in 2003, New Zealand found 'no incidence of human trafficking.'
Improvement in the relationship between police and sex workers, to the point that sex workers become key information sources in attempts to uncover human trafficking.
Prostitution is therefore out in the open and not hidden away so trafficking is easier to be seen and policed
Criminalising prostitution penalises sex workers rather than the people who earn most of the profits (pimps and traffickers).
Criminalisation of prostitution in Sweden resulted in the shrinking of the prostitution market and the decline of human trafficking inflows. Cross-country comparisons with Denmark (where prostitution is decriminalised) and Germany (expanded legalisation of prostitution) showing that trafficking inflows decreased with criminalisation and increased with legalisation.
Countries with legalised prostitution are associated with higher human trafficking inflows than countries where prostitution is prohibited.
Changing the law to decriminalise prostitution sends out the message that buying sex is now considered acceptable. This inevitably leads to more men buying sex more frequently, and more pimps and brothel owners wanting to cash in on all that extra money. But there aren’t enough women to fill this increased demand, because women who have genuine choices don’t generally choose to go into prostitution. So pimps and traffickers use force and coercion to recruit and trap women into prostitution.
Dutch tippelzones, reports of rape and sexual abuse declined by as much as 30 to 40 percent in the first two years
Sexual predators are less likely to strike at random women. And because police monitoring is higher in tippelzones than in other areas of the city, predators who pay for sex tend to rein in their more violent behaviours.
Predators can play out their fantasies in a safe environment instead of non-consenting women and children
17 percent decrease in female homicides throughout the U.S., principally because sex workers were able to use the free advertising service to move into a safer indoor environments and screen clients more carefully.
Working outdoors is particularly hazardous, with street prostitutes experiencing a homicide rate over 13 times that of the general population. That’s because violent predators (including serial killers) are far more likely to prey on street walkers they can pick up in their cars than they are on indoor sex workers who have the ability to screen clients using online tools.
serial killers accounted for more than one-third of prostitute victims and nearly all such serial killers were clients.
Interestingly enough, the researchers also did an analysis of how many more police officers would need to be hired to reduce the female homicide rate by the same percentage that craigslist’s free service apparently did. They concluded that this would require an additional outlay of 200,832 police officers, costing the U.S.an added $20 billion per year.
In a CATW 5-country study that interviewed 146 victims of local prostitution (both legal and illegal brothels) 80% of all women interviewed suffered physical violence from pimps and buyers so although violence and rape against other women decreased, violence was still very prominent within the prostitution community
Susan Kay Hunter and K.C. Reed explained this best: "About 80% of women in prostitution have been the victim of a rape
73% reported having experienced physical assault in prostitution
For example in the United Kingdom where prostitution is legal, more than half of women in prostitution have been raped and or seriously assaulted, and at least 75% have been physically assaulted at the hands of pimps
The government would not only be able to make money of taxed prostitution, but save on various costs to the tax-payer ; law enforcement to police the crimes and prisons to house those caught
Money taken by pimps and a lack of receipts means there is never a way to tax the services
Urban's researchers estimate that, in 2007, the entire illegal sex economy in Atlanta – including brothels, escort services and dubious massage parlours –was valued at $290 million.
All of which was unaccounted for and untaxed
Legalisation means there is less requirement for a pimp so workers can keep the money they earn and in time improve their quality of life because of a boost to their income
Although sex workers in Amsterdam's red light district are estimated to make between $200-1500 a day many women may chose this career over going to university and getting qualifications to become for example a nurse which in the long run will negatively impact the economy
Sex outside of marriage is frowned upon and this encourages that-morally objectionable
Secularisation means this is mattering less now and people are more tolerant towards modern views
If prostitution is legal it affords men the 'excuse' to go find sex outside of marriage
Quran- no sex outside of wedlock
Victimless crime- because both parties are consenting and neither are unwilling, while adultery is grounds for divorce it is not actually a crime
Prostitution is a choice just like any other career or job
If a woman chooses ) to sell sex then that’s her right. So long as they are safe, secure, happy and independently making that decision it is entirely up to them what they do.
The average age to enter into prostitution is 13 so many girls in prostitution have not reached the age of consent so therefore the sex cannot be consensual
Many think most women and girls choose to enter the sex industry. Again, while this is true for a small number of sex workers, the research indicates that for the vast majority of women and girls, it is a highly constrained choice.
Most women in prostitution are suffering from poverty and are pulled into the industry by their desperate need for money just to survive. 92% of US women said they would like to leave prostitution if they could which shows they are not necessarily truly consenting
90% of New York City prostitutes had to give away at least one child to child protective services.
26% are homeles