Is Prostitution Right or Wrong?
I don’t think there is a clear answer to if prostitution is right or wrong, it all depends on a person’s morals and ethics. Most wouldn’t be able to live with themselves if they were being paid for sex, however can. Prostitution, legal or not is taking place around the world. Patty Kelly, an anthropology professor at George Washington University, went down to a legal state regulated brothel in Mexico for a year to study and analyze commercial sex.
“Depending on whose statistics you choose to believe, more than one in every 10 American adult males have paid for sex at some point in their lives. What’s more, in 2005, about 84,000 people were arrested across the nation for prostitution-related offenses.” Paying for sex is common in our culture and legal or not it is not going away, and in my opinion should be legalized. Arresting 84,000 people in one year for prostitution is a waste of time and money, legalizing prostitution would give the government control over prostitution. Regulations could be in place and safety for both the client and the prostitutes would be controlled.
“New Zealand’s 2003 Prostitution Reform Act is perhaps the most progressive response to the complex issue of prostitution. The act not only decriminalizes the practice but seeks to “safeguard the human rights of sex workers and protects them from exploitation, promotes the welfare and occupational health and safety of sex workers, is conducive to public health, [and] prohibits the use in prostitution of persons under 18 years of age.””
I believe that legalizing prostitution would give the government control over what they fear prostitution causes. Reform Acts such as the one in New Zealand gives rights and protects the “lifestyle” and job that these prostitutes choose to have.