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Prostitution in the United States

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Prostitution in the United States • Estimates of the number of prostitutes in the United States range from 100,000 to more than 500,000, but accurate estimates are impossible for several reasons: 1) There is the question of how prostitution is defined 2) Because of its illegal nature, much prostitution is not reported 3) Arrest records—which are about the only source of official information on prostitution—do not reflect the extent of prostitution. Because they visibly solicit customers, streetwalkers are more likely to be apprehended, tried, and convicted of prostitution than those who work for exclusive escort services 4) Many people drift into and our of prostitution, considering it temporary work
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Unformatted text preview: between full-time jobs or as part-time work while attending school Sociological Perspectives on Prostitution The Functionalist Perspective • The functionalist perspective argues that the presence of a certain amount of deviance in society contributes to its overall stability. According to Emile Durkheim, deviance clarifies social norms and helps societies to maintain social control over people’s behavior. By punishing those who engage in deviant behavior such as prostitution, the society reaffirms its commitment to its sexual norms and creates loyalty to the society as people bind together to oppose this behavior....
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