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Surname 1Student's nameInstructor's nameCourseDateProstitution in America should be legalizedThe issue of prostitution hit the headlines in recent years when New York’s Democratic governor Eliot Spitzer resigned following claims that he was a client of a high-end lavish escort service. The governor had previously worked as a state attorney general, where he was known for his stance against prostitution as an unyielding adversary of the trade. The incident highlighted the contradictions of Americans towards the topic which only comes to light in the media when high-profile individuals are claimed to be customers of the trade. It has not yet been established why the issue of prostitution receives little and insignificant debate in the United States yet the trade is increasingly common, affecting almost all groups in the society (Scoular, 27). In spite of the media’s ambivalence regarding the issue of prostitution, there are fierce debates behind the scenes concerning the best plan for regulating the harmful effects of the sex trade in the community. First and foremost, critics argue that prostitution is morally wrong since it belittles sexfor a financial transaction which actually undermines normal human relationships, marriages,and even family whilst encouraging men and women to have multiple partners which threatenhuman healthy (O’Brien, 192). However, proponents argue that sex worker is not going to disappear soon given the fact that there are many Americans who are willing to engage in sexfor financial benefits; hence, legalizing prostitution will make sex workers' lives safer since this will bar trafficking gangs from exploiting the industry. Thus, prostitution in the United States should be legal and recognized as an acceptable source of income whilst regulating the
Surname 2industry to alleviate the social stigma associated with the trade that renders prostitutes vulnerable to disease and vehemence from some of their malicious clients and masters. Most states in the United States such as New York consider prostitution as an offense in the class of public order crime. These states saw prostitution as criminal activities that disrupt the normal order of society. Previously, the sex trade was regarded as a crime of vagrancy. However, in spite of the criminalization of the sex trade, prostitution is widely practiced in the United States as a lucrative trade. The National Institute of Justice estimates

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