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Surname 1 Name Course Instructor Date Legalizing prostitution Prostitution, despite having been in existence for centuries, and considered one of the oldest professions, still elicits many controversies. Arguments are made for or against this profession mainly in terms of values and religion. However, in recent times, a completely new issue regarding the benefits of legalizing this business has come up. Those opposing it see prostitution as a taboo in the society, and, therefore, it would be unwise to legalize it as it is responsible for various social evils such s crime and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The proponents of legalization on the other hand, believe that legalization of sex work would be beneficial to the society such as providing extra income through taxes, reduce crimes associated with the profession and ensure the sex workers are protected by the law and are safe from sexual predators, while allowing the freedom and choices in their profession. In this paper, I will discuss the benefits of legalizing prostitution to the society in terms of economic, social and health wellness. The criminalization of sex work was an attempt to create a better and regulated sex industry and a satisfied society. However, this does not seem to be the case as prostitution still goes on despite the strict restrictions in the nations where it is considered illegal. However, in countries such as Netherlands where the exact opposite has been implemented to achieve the same objectives, this seems to be a better idea, with better results. Various issues related to prostitution such as sex slavery, human trafficking, sexual and physical abuse, forced prostitution for minors and organized crime among others have been reduced significantly. These nations have proved that embracing prostitution as any other industry is the best way to achieve peace in the society, along with other benefits. Control and regulation of the sex industry
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Surname 2 Various governments in the world have attempted to regulate the sex business with little success. They are keen on keeping a leash on the number of prostitutes and prostitute business in order to ensure health and to deal better with crimes associated with sex work such as human and drug trafficking and smuggling of illegal firearms. However, by criminalizing sex work, these governments encourage anonymity and devising of intelligent and foolproof plans to conduct criminal activity. However, legalization of sex trade would ensure that the prostitution business have proper permits and licensing in order ascertain the number of legal prostitutes in the nation. This in turn reduces the number of illegal, involuntary and underage prostitution and human trafficking. By forming a legal outlet, there is a likelihood of conformity to acceptable forms of sex work that separates illegal and legal prostitution (Liberator). Also, levels of organized crime are likely to reduce due to the
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