The Moral Right...Or The Greater Good?

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Sex is a topic that is rarely openly discussed in America. Some would say that is an example of moral decency, others might argue that this is just a prudish mindset we inherited from early puritan settlers. Sex for pay or prostitution, is one concept so at odds with this taboo that it has been declared immoral and illegal. Forty-eight out of fifty states have decided that prostitution should be illegal. On the surface, this widespread ban on prostitution may appear to combat the spread disease and sex slavery, but, upon further inspection, this assertion might not be supported by facts. The creation of a legal and highly-regulated form of prostitution in the United States could help slow the rate at which sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread, lower the demand for sex slaves, and improve the quality of life for the prostitutes that already operate in the United States, and should be implemented despite any moral or ethical objections some individuals may have.
At first glance, legalizing prostitution may not seem like the best method for reducing STDs, and the preservation of public health might seem like a legitimate reason for continuing the ban on prostitution. However, since current prostitutes operate illegally, they may not have the motivation, education, or access to protection needed to practice safe sex, such as the use of condoms and receiving regular medical checkups for STDs. Now let us contrast this current situation with a legal alternative that requires frequent and stringent testing of prostitutes for STDs. Such a system already exists in the United States. According to the laws established by the Nevada Administration Code (NAC), an individual is allowed to engage in prostitution after being cleared medically. In order to accomplish this, they must give a blood sample once a month to test for both human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) and syphilis. In addition, a cervical specimen must be provided once a week to test for gonorrhea and Chlamydia trachomatis (CHAPTER 441A - COMMUNICABLE DISEASES). This constant testing is designed to maximize the safety for both the workers and clients, and according to a paper written by Nicole Masenior “there is a substantial body of peer reviewed published studies suggesting that the empowerment, organization, and unionization of sex workers can be an effective HIV prevention strategy.” (Masenior1). By legalizing prostitution nationwide, we can place it under a government regulation whose objective of protecting the public health. This is very similar to the role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has been given the responsibility of ensuring that the groceries we buy and restaurants we dine at are safe. This new government regulation can be paid for from taxes on the revenues that prostitution generates, in addition, this taxable income can be used to pay for such things as, expand government sponsored sexual education, and help law enforcement officials combat...

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