Essay on Why Prostitution Should Be Legal

1446 Words Mar 20th, 2008 6 Pages
Why should prostitution be legal?
Can anybody tell me what is considered to be the world's most ancient profession? (doesn't require education, mostly involves women)
Some researchers confirm that prostitution is indeed the most ancient profession, while others argue with it; however, everybody agrees that trading sex for money has existed for quite a while. According to Wikipedia, prostitution began in the 21st century BC in Near East, most likely as a religious custom, and was practiced by Greeks, Romans, China and other ancient civilizations. Now, as we have entered into the 21st century AD, prostitution is still a part of modern society. The fact speaks for itself: as there will always be a demand for the services that it provides,
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People are used to blaming prostitutes in the continuous spread of STDs in the US. Indeed, the numbers look quite scary. According to American Social Health Association, the US has the highest rate of STDs in the industrialized world, with around 19 million new cases of STDs occurring each year, not including HIV. (6) However, the US Department of Health reports that only 3 to 5 % of the STD cases is prostitution related. (9)
Legislation should make it mandatory for all the workers within the industry to go through regular check-ups in order to keep their jobs. Think about it. When nobody forces sexual workers to go through regular medical examination, there is a good chance they don't, unless they see something wrong is going on with them. The problem is that a lot of STDs are silent in their early stages, showing absolutely no symptoms. As a result, they can go undetected and untreated for quite a while. Being unaware of the infection they carry, prostitutes can pass the disease to others. Besides, some of those STDs may result in infertility, miscarriage, cervical cancer and other complications. In Nevada, where sex for money is legal, prostitutes have to check themselves weekly for STDs, and monthly for HIV. Since 1986, when mandatory testing began, not a single brothel prostitute in Nevada has ever tested positive for HIV. (8)
Legalizing prostitution is believed to reduce gender violence and provide overall safety

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