We as Americans believe in equal rights such as gender, race and religion. We the nation of the free bleed equality, but why is the the belief that this nation was built on not being practiced throughout every aspect of life. “No person's human or civil rights should be violated on the basis of their trade, occupation, work, calling or profession” ( Carrasquillo 3), coincidentally prostitutes civil rights are being violated. Currently Nevada is the only state in America that allows prostitution, but with the rest of the country it is outlawed and if caught one goes to jail (Carrasquillo 1). Everyday there are people selling their sperm, a liver or even a lung, for a good cause to help another person out and ultimately make some extra money. Prostitution is merely the same thing, just selling another body part while making the buyer happy. This topic needs to be addressed because for some people all they have left in the world is themselves, and in a time of desperation some may find it necessary to sell themselves in order to make it through life. Prostitution should be legalized within major cities because it will reduce sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), reduce crime, and help the economy.
In one Australian study carried out in 1998, the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections was 80 times greater in 63 illegal street prostitutes than in 753 of their legal prostitutes (Goldenberg 2). With the legalization of sex work it brings forward more safety while practicing sex. If prostitution was legalized there would be a requirement put in place requiring each worker to get tested, like they do for porn stars (Rogers, Patrick ). Other than testing, prostitutes could access more information about safe sex and diseases. Sex workers are prevented from accessing HIV information and services, because most of them have no identification or social security cards. As long as sex work remains illegal, prostitutes will be less likely to use condoms and seek STD testing. If it were to be decriminalized, they would have more of an opportunity to be safer and healthier. For a brief six years, Rhode Island unintentionally legalized prostitution and during that time, gonorrhea infection amongst women in Rhode Island dropped by a whopping 39 percent (Goldenberg 3). That data proves that decriminalizing prostitution has a very positive impact on public health and safety that's why The World Health Organization (WHO) supports legalization.
Legalizing prostitution also has the promise of reducing crimes against the workers. “By keeping prostitution illegal America has created an environment in which sex workers are subjected to violence, disease, ridicule and inequality which puts these people at risk” (RAYBORN 1). There are multiple risks for being an illegal prostitute, one of the most common risk is getting kidnapped to be used within human trafficking. Once the prostitute is taken, they no longer have a say in...