Response#1_LSJ_375 - Response: Moral Crusade Against...

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Response : Moral Crusade Against Prostitution Weitzer is questioning the validity of prostitution statistics and laws not only in within the United States but also abroad. He argues that the majority of these regulations are supported within the government by Christian rights groups and radical feminists. In addition, he states that the statistics and studies that these two groups rely on are inflated, vague and unreliable. Weitzer specifically attacks four different ideals; prostitution is the violent exploitation of woman, the majority of female prostitutes are involuntary participants, prostitution is directly related to human trafficking, and that decriminalization will only make matters worse. He asserts that violence within prostitution is “not nearly as pervasive . . . as many activist claim”. He explains that the majority of statistics that support violence in prostitution are based on “convenience samples” and therefore must be taken with a “huge grain of salt”. Also,
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2008 for the course LSJ 375 taught by Professor Herbert during the Fall '07 term at University of Washington.

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