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Legalisation of Prostitution.

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Introduction

A number of high profile establishment figures have recently called for the legalisation of the world's oldest profession. They argue that as prostitution is not going away, licensed brothels will: keep vulnerable women off the streets; help prevent the spread of aids; bring more revenue and cut out exploitation. Opponents argue that exchanging sex for money is morally wrong, and that the law should be proscriptive rather than pragmatic; that legalisation would encourage prostitution; that it encourages the treatment of women as commodities, and that it would lead to an ever more permissive society. Some women enjoy being prostitutes and providing a service, and they earn a good living from it. At the other end of the spectrum, there are underage women, and women trafficked from other countries who are forced into the industry. The question is, would legalisation, and the regulations that would come with it, benefit the industry and the people who it affects? ...read more.

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Governments have a duty to protect the moral and physical health of their citizens. Initiating the legalisation of prostitution would grant implicit approval to a dangerous and immoral practice. Prostitution should never be regarded as a legitimate career option for a young girl. Prostitution harms the fabric of society. Sexual intercourse outside of a relationship of love, or even marriage, shows disregard for the sanctity of marriage and for the other partner in a relationship. Emotional commitment is inextricably linked to physical commitment. Legalisation would lead to unfaithfulness and disloyalty within a marriage and would only harm society as a whole. The overwhelming trend of feminism is against prostitution. The use of a woman's body solely for the purpose of sexual gratification does not treat them as a person. This lack of respect dehumanises both prostitute and client, and does not represent a victory for either sex. ...read more.

Conclusion

Many argue, that legalisation of Prostitution may have many economic benefits. However, An economic benefit cannot take precedence over social harms that result from the legalisation of certain prohibited activities. Otherwise we would encourage governments to become involved in other unlawful trades, such as the trafficking of drugs. Moreover legalisation of such a profession would result in the country in question being rendered as a destination for all the wrong reasons. Relaxed legal controls on prostitution in Thailand, the Philippines and Amsterdam have made these countries attractive for individuals, many of whom the local population would not regard as desirable visitors to a country or city. This issue has fired up many raging debates over the years. Many would agree with my thoughts in the essay above and many would find them disputable. In today's rapidly advancing world, women are have managed to create a niche for themselves in all spheres. Legalisation of Prostitution would only degrade the position of women to mere commodities, which can be bought and sold, legally. ...read more.

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