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Prostitution Halted

Updated on September 19, 2010

What if Society Halted Prostitution? Would society suffer?

Who’s to say that there would be consequences? Some people believe that rapes of women would increase. I don’t find the statement agreeable because rape isn’t about sex. It’s about power and control. Furthermore, if we did halt prostitution as a society, men and women would still find ways around it. That is the way we our as a society. When one thing works for us, we go for it. If it doesn’t work or something forbids us from doing certain things, we find ways around it.

Would there be consequences that society would face if prostitution were halted, absolutely. Some people, both men and women use this type of work to support their families, pay their bills, heck even send their children off to college. Without that means of supporting their families, many people in society would suffer with having to take extremely lower paying jobs. Poverty levels could rise even higher as well as the rise of homelessness. More and more people may end up on welfare, even suicide rates could possibly increase.

Prostitution isn’t about the exploitation of women because there are just as many male prostitutes as there are female prostitutes. Furthermore, if society wants to crack down on exploitation, that will not only include prostitutes, but it will include strippers of both sexes as well as pornography actors (men and women).

The law says that once we hit the age of eighteen, we can do whatever we want. Sure, prostitution is illegally in almost every state in the United States, except Nevada for sure. Also, there are brothels that are planning to be opened up to cater to women so they will have legal prostitution for males and females. Are these individuals exploiting themselves. Sure they may say they love their work and are making tons of money and are happy, but to the outside observer, they would most commonly think they were kidding themselves, because society tells us that nobody could possibly be happy selling themselves, when it is those same individuals who do it everyday at work whether they are modeling, trying to sell fashion or make deals. We are constantly selling in this society because it’s the only way to support ourselves. Look online, people are knowingly putting erotic images of themselves up for the entire world to see, once again, both men and women.

Am I saying prostitution should be legalized everywhere, god no. Too many times, women and sometimes men are forced into it and at such young ages and they find themselves trapped with no way out. Many end up dead. The question should not be “ Could prostitution ever be organized in such a way that it will not exploit women?” It should ask if we could ever have a society where prostitution was non- existent?


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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Prostitution can not be ended-it's impossible to end something such as that. When there is a demand for something, then there will always be someone providing what is demanded.

      Your little girls are in no danger should they be raised correctly, not have some sort of economic catastrophe hit them in their early adulthood, and should they just not desire to be a prostitute. What is a female adult film star, but a prostitute?

      I suppose that your girls becoming a prostitute IS a possibility, there's only so much that you can do about it, and prostitution is a reality not only for women, but for men too.

      deal with it. It's never going away.

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      Salied2668 7 years ago

      Wow! I am amazed on what people have to say about prostution, Me being a women with a family and that includs little girls I would say hell no to the leagalization of prostution, but on the other hand there would be great consequences if we did put a halt to it.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      How very uninformed you are, Sir. You'll not find professional prostitutes who work without the use of condoms.

      Tax the hell out of it, now you are thinking, and also, along with taxes come health licenses that are only given to those who pass health checks.

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      J.R. Smith 7 years ago from Delaware

      The differences will be positive allright,HIV-positive. Just playing. I suppose if you could segregate it somehow,keep it out of public eye. The johns will travel to where ever they have to, so if you did legalize, keep it out of town. It might even help clean up districts that have high prostitution rates. Plus, the Gov. could tax the hell out of it.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      J.R. Smith, ever been to Dallas, Texas???? There are all the prostitutes you could possible ever want-and it's all illegal, but it's there.

      What differences making it legal would have ought to be positive.

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      J.R. Smith 7 years ago from Delaware

      It is odd that a woman can get arrested fo rselling something she can give away for free, but should we allow it to be legalized? Amsterdam is a very dirty place,riddled with disease. If you are for prostitution,you should visit amsterdam. You might change your opinion,I did.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I think prostitution should be legalized everywhere in the states. It could be monitored, and the health of the prostitutes could be better ensured, and tested-just as it is in the adult film industry.

      Speaking of the adult film industry, what in the world is the difference between a pornographic actor or actress and a prostitute?

      Is there any?

      I don't see a difference.