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Prostitution

Outline
Thesis: Prostitution should be legalized because not only does it financially benefit the country,
but legalized prostitution could also reduce crime.
I. Illegalized prostitution
A. Preservation of morality
B. Health risks
C. Violent crime
D. Costs to citizens
II. Legalized prostitution
A. Constitutional right
B. Regular health exam
C. Reduction of violent crime
D. Government regulation
III. Argument

Prostitution is known as the oldest profession in the world, however, many states in the
U.S. outlaw it. The textbook definition of prostitution is the "act or practice of
engaging in sexual acts for money" ("Prostitution," Macmillan 805). Nevada is the first in
the United States to legalize prostitution. Although the long term effects of legalized
prostitution is uncertain, the short term effects have been economically beneficial.
Prostitution should be legalized because not only could it financially benefit the
country, but it could also reduce crime.

There are many reasons why prostitution is illegal in 49 U.S. states today. First, and
foremost, many people feel that prostitution should stay illegal in order to preserve
morality. Parents do not want their children to grow up thinking that prostitution is
acceptable. Worse yet, parents do not want to hear their children say, "When I grow up, I
want to be a prostitute." Christianity also looks down upon prostitution because according
to their beliefs, the act of sex is only to be done when a man and a women are in love and
married. Monogamy is to be practiced in the marriage, and any violation of this is
considered a sin. Another reason why the preservation of morality is so important is that
people's morals shape the future of a nation. Many people feel that if prostitution is
legalized, then its long term effects would be detrimental to the United States. The
divorce rate in the United States peaked at an all time high in 1980 ("Marriage" 56). By
the legalization of prostitution, this would allow room for husbands and wives to commit
adultery. Thus, leading the marriage to a divorce. "The divorce rate has really increased
over the centuries. In the U.S. today, the divorce rate is fifty percent of the U.S."
(Holland 86).

Second, prostitution is a great health risk to the U.S. because of the spread of sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs). A major concern about STDs is the spread of AIDS, which is
currently a deadly STD because a cure has not been found for the disease. The transmission
of


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STDs is already on the rise due to many uneducated teenagers having unprotected sex. In
addition, most of theses teens are not going to a physician to be screened for STDs.
Because of this, many curable STDs are going untreated and being spread throughout a
community. Prostitution only adds to this problem because prostitutes have sexual contact
on a daily basis, and rarely have themselves screened for STDs. Most of the time,
prostitutes will not go to a doctor because they can't afford it, they're too afraid,
and/or they just don't want to deal with it. Unfortunately, simply ignoring the problem
does not make it go away. Some taxpayers feel that this problem will only increase the
cost of health care. In some cases prostitutes become pregnant and are left to raise a
child on their own. For these women, their futures are uncertain because now they have a
child to care for. This is another concern for taxpayers because the majority of these
women will seek government assistance.

With prostitution being illegal, many violent crimes against prostitutes go unreported
every year. Prostitutes are often too frightened to report the crime to police. Most of
the time, the crime's perpetuator is a pimp or a client. Several of the crimes committed
against prostitutes include robbery, kidnaping, rape, battery, and/or homicide.
Prostitutes, however, are not the only victims. Sometimes the client is also the victim.
"A street prostitute is already a lawbreaker, which may encourage other crimes, such as
‘rolling' clients (drugging them and stealing their money)" ("Street Cleaning" 25). As a
result, crimes associated with illegal prostitution often go unreported and without
punishment.

Although enforcement of illegal prostitution exhausts a great amount of time, some
citizens feel that the time is well spent. Many residents complain that street
prostitution brings noise, declining property values, a bad environment for children, and
a health threat. Residents


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feel that street prostitution detracts from the innocence of their children's childhood;
and no price is too high to prevent this from happening. One tactic that is being
implemented by a few urban police departments is the seizure of the vehicle belonging to
the prostitute's client. "The driver must then appear at an impoundment garage to pay a
fine and processing costs, typically around $300. All parties whose names appear on the
vehicle registration-wives and employers included-must then sign if the car is to be
returned" ("Prostitution," CQ 32). Prostitution involves many different kinds of crimes.
With this in mind, some citizens feel that if prostitution is eliminated, then many of the
crimes associated with prostitution will also be eliminated or decreased. Thus, saving
taxpayers money that would ordinarily be used in court fees and enforcement fees.

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