Imagine living on the streets all alone. You need money, and fast. You can’t get a job because that will take too long to get the money you need. You’re desperate and you feel like the only choice is to turn to prostitution. Millions of women and children are engaging in prostitution around the world and it needs to be stopped. Prostitution dates back as far as 2400 BCE in ancient Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations (Sexton). It is defined as the exchange of sex acts for money or something else of value. Many women see it as a last resort to make a lot of money in a short amount of time.
Prostitution affects mostly the women selling their bodies and the men buying it. Prostitution is particularly harmful to the women engaging in it. The men basically purchase the women for a night, and they believe that they can do whatever they please to them. Men can abuse, humiliate, degrade and hurt the woman or child if they want to (Hughes). Yes, I said child. Many children are forced into prostitution, also known as human trafficking. It is almost impossible to talk about one without talking about the other. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Human Trafficking is defined as organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor). Human Trafficking is basically forced prostitution. Prostitution is harmful to everyone who partakes in it, we need to get rid of it as soon as possible by outlawing the purchase of it, not prostitution as a whole.
One Solution is to legalize prostitution. If it is legalized brothels can become “business owners” They can pay taxes and legally benefit and make a profit from selling women (Hughes). The women can join worker unions and receive benefits like any other job would have. But not very many women do; “it is not work; it is not a job like any other. It is abuse and exploitation that women only engage in if forced to or when they have no other options” (Hughes). Many women would not want to be known as a prostitute, so they might not sign up for those benefits.
The goal of this is to eliminate street prostitution and reduce prostitution and trafficking. This solution will not work because the demand for women has increased when it became legal, making more women join the job, more people trafficked, and more children trafficked to meet these new demands. When...