Strain Theory By Robert K Merton: Decriminalization Of Prostitution

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Robert K Merton came up with “Strain Theory” in which he argued that although Deviance can be beneficial to a society- keeping the society in order, it could also promote inequality. In our society it’s more proper for a woman to be modest about her body, the moment she defies that norm she is considered Deviant. In order to encourage a decline of inequality groups will need the help in order to reach that goal. There are many organizations that help groups that experience oppression, HIPS is an organization that helps women in sex work to be more accepted into society as human.
In more detail, Robert K Merton’s Strain Theory is a concept in which society promotes certain norms and values, ...view middle of the document...

A pimp kidnapped Tami when she was fifteen years old and was beaten, raped, and sold for sex. She begged for help, but obviously no one lifted a finger. When she finally came into contact with Law Enforcement they did not help her, they arrested her for prostitution. Sandra ran away from an abusive Foster Care home at the age of 12. A pimp picked her up at a bus stop and sold her for sex, she too was arrested for prostitution (Saada Saar, 2014). Here’s an example of Strain Theory. These girls are not treated to a fair response from society. Instead they are arrested, charged and thrown in prison. And what happens when someone is charged with a crime, especially a felony? It follows that person’s permanent record for the rest of their life. Hence the detachment they receive from society. These innocent girls need support- help in order for them to be able to receive human rights from society. Even if a girl chooses to be a part of prostitution, isn’t she still a human being that deserves protecting?
Catholic Charities DIGNITY Program is an organization that promotes the health, the rights, and dignity of those who had their lives affected by trafficking or sex work of some kind. An intensive one-year recovery program that includes emotional support, counseling, addiction...

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