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"Sex For Sale...Calling All Johns". On Prostitution

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Calling all Johns…Sex for SaleWhether we like to admit it or not, sex is a major part of our society. Some people are able to have a sexual relationship with a loved one, or a close friend. However, there are others that couldn't have a sexual relationship if they tried, and others wish to conceal an affair or to experiment with a fantasy. These people find-using prostitutes as a way to fulfill their needs. Prostitution is one of the world's oldest professions. Prostitution has been a controversy off and on throughout history. It was even in the days of the Greek and Roman Empires. Prostitution should be legalized to help stop spread of venereal diseases, curb ...view middle of the document...

In a 1998 survey of four hundred and seventy five prostitutes led by Dr. Melissa Farley of Prostitution Research and Education, sixty-two percent had been raped since becoming prostitutes, and forty-six percent had been raped more than five times. Eighty-five percent of the American prostitutes surveyed had been physically assaulted on the job. With a government ran program, these victims of violence would have a place to turn for help, but unfortunately, there is no way for them to report the crimes committed against them. Since their business is against the law, contacting a police officer would do more them harm than good.Some argue that another consideration in the debate over the legality of prostitution should be the affect on the overall quality of life that would result from legalization. A study presented at the 1998 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association found the emotional health of the prostitutes in five countries, including the U.S. to be extremely low.Post-traumatic stress disorder was experienced by sixty-seven percent of the nearly five hundred prostitutes questioned. With prostitution being illegal, prostitutes must accept abusive treatment by pimps if they wish to stay employed. This would be a further contribution to psychological damage. Perhaps if prostitution were decriminalized, the psychological damage experienced by prostitutes would actually decrease because they would be able to use legal channels to fight for their rights as working people. Exotic dancers have managed to use their bargaining power: In the San Francisco strip club Lusty Lady and Anchorage's Showboat Showclub dancers have successfully formed a union to fight the mistreatment they received from their club managers and have negotiated more fair treatment. Why couldn't this happen for mistreated prostitutes, as well?In many communities throughout the U.S., the police use their energy and resources on arresting persons involved in prostitution. By forcing prostitution out of places where it would more naturally be found, such as in brothels or motels, the police drive that activity into the streets of neighborhoods where it otherwise would not exist. The result is that residents of the neighborhoods are exposed to the activity against their will. Because prostitution is being forced into the streets, the dangers to many prostitutes are greatly increased. Prostitutes currently have jobs involving working at night and getting into cars with complete strangers can be, and often have been, easy pickings for serial killers and other violent and disturbed individuals. A solution to these problems would be to follow the example of some European cities, where prostitution is allowed in certain designated areas. People who are interested in those activities can participate in the places where it is permitted, and they leave alone the neighborhoods that don't wish to be associated with it. The prostitutes would also be able to work in environments...

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