reflection 4 sex work- english paper.docx - Maramaldi 1 Jenna Maramaldi Dr Craggett ENGL 1030 December 7th 2018 Decriminalizing Sex Work A problem many

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Maramaldi 1 Jenna Maramaldi Dr. Craggett ENGL 1030 December 7 th , 2018 Decriminalizing Sex Work A problem many people do not think about or do not know enough about is the sex work industry. In the United States, sex work is illegal in every state except some counties in Nevada (Senjo, 191). Sex work is defined as any sexual act performed in exchange for payment. Sex work includes prostitution and stripping, which is what people generally think sex work is, however it also includes escort services, sex trafficking, brothels and pimping, and sex tourism. Because of the stereotypes and stigma associated with sex work, many countries’ governments ignore sex workers and do not revise or enforce policy that protects sex workers. With low priority status given to sex workers and laws not being fully enforced to protect those in the industry, violence and discrimination is a common occurrence and a sad reality for this within this field. Many people feel decriminalizing the sex work industry is wrong because the work is “dirty” and “immoral”, but discriminating sex work jobs would benefit society and aid in the care and health of sex workers. The decriminalization of the sex work industry would allow a reduced spreading of HIV, destroy the “business” of human trafficking and other disgusting Decriminalizing sex work is also has the possibility of lowering the spread of HIV among other sex workers and the community sex workers work in. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a disease spread by bodily fluids, such as having unprotected sex (hiv.gov). Getting HIV is a common occurrence in this field, as female sex workers are “among the population’s most
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Maramaldi 2 affected” in terms of HIV infection (Pez-Bailey, Noble, Salo, Tregear). This sad, yet true, reality is due sex workers infrequently or never using condoms, rape or other forced sexual activities from clients, not enough education on safe sex practices, or having many clients due to financial needs. If sex work would be decriminalized in parts of Canada, India, and Kenya, the spread of HIV would decrease at a maximum of 46 percent (Hogan). If decriminalization of the sex work industry where to happen, many of these reasons for unsafe sex practices would not be excusable. Sex workers would feel safe using condoms; they currently do not, as police officers can find used condoms and use them as evidence to take a sex worker to jail, reducing the money she may rely on (Lawless). In countries where sex work is legal, such as New Zealand and Germany, sex workers get benefits for working and may also be provided with free healthcare (Bhattacharya). If this were implemented in other countries, the spread of HIV would be
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