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In your opnion what are important factors in the regulation of prostituion?In your...

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nhl123 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM via web

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In your opnion what are important factors in the regulation of prostituion?

In your opnion what are important factors in the regulation of prostituion?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM (Answer #2)

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For the most part, prostitution is illegal in America and in many other parts of the world. There is good reason for this. Therefore, my first point would be that we should not loosen the law regarding prostitution. It should remain illegal and there should be more regulations to stop this. 

First, prostitution demeans women for the most part. To be sure, there are male prostitutes, but the majority of them are women. Hence, to loosen any laws regarding prostitution would be to legalize the demeaning of women and objectifying them. More importantly, we need to regulate the source of prostitution, which brings me to my second point. 

Second, we need to target the sources of prostitution. We should actively go against anyone who deals in the trafficking of people. The strictest laws and penalties should be used in this case. This action alone will be a huge step in the right direction, in my opinion.

Third, we should also not focus so much on the prostitutes themselves, as they are often times victims. We need a paradigm shift here. We need to go after the pimps, who manipulate them. 

If we did the following, we would be making some good strides. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:54 PM (Answer #3)

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One factor is whether we want to regulate it or simply ban it.  The previous post implies that prostitution should be banned, not regulated.

If we are going to regulate it, we need to make sure that prostitutes are not being forced into prostitution.  Secondly, we need to do all that we can to ensure that prostitutes and their clients would not get STDs.

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nhl123 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM (Answer #4)

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They should ban it its inhuman disguisting , and god dislikes it !!

Prostitutes will go to hell :D

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM (Answer #5)

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Banning things that some people find morally objective does not always serve the greater good, and it certainly becomes restrictive to personal freedoms. Banning prostitution can lead to banning other morally questionable acts, such as abortion and homosexuality. Though prostitution is illegal in the USA, it is not in many other countries. In Holland, prostitution is regulated, and prostitutes are medically examined regularly for diseases. Judging by the number of people who visit prostitutes and brothels, there is a demand for them--not unlike the need some people have for other questionable habits, such as liquor or cigarettes.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM (Answer #6)

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Regulation and banning are two different things, it seems to me. If we are going to talk about how to regulate prostitution, we need to talk about rules for managing this practice. As pointed to in post #5, there are places where this regulation is a real consideration. In those places personal safety and health seem to be at the root of the rules and regulations. 

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM (Answer #7)

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"Prostitution" supposed to be the oldest profession cannot be stopped even if it banned.

2. It may be illegal in US but there are reports to collect taxes from prostitute when found involved in this activity. Taxes are collected on prostitution in one form or the other in UK. It is legalised in some of the countries as well.

3. Its is bad morally, ethically and from the religious point of view but I am of the firm opinion that it can not be eliminated in Toto. Banning will not help and regulating will be worse opening ways to other types of corruption.

However I also believe that it can be minimised by conscious effort of severe penalties for trafficking of people.

Root cause cannot be eliminated as long as a man and a women is inhabited on the earth.

One must remember that the evil presents itself attractively. It is proved by the fact that most of the fashion designers are men. They design women clothing in such a way that it shows lot more skin as compared to men's clothing - from formal-wear to beach-wear. The lust is going to stay and so is prostitution.

The best root would be the rehabilitation of the prostitutes carried out jointly by the government and the philanthropists.

Awareness about religion can also help a lot but I am not proposing this because people are drifting away from religion and some are even elergic to the very use of the word 'religion'. People who are committed to religion are any way doing the effort in this direction silently.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM (Answer #8)

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The main factors, I would argue, that should be involved in any such regulation should be 1) public health, and 2) public safety.  While it is simple to outlaw prostitution, societies have never been successful at ending, or even containing it.  Therefore, from a practical legal and societal standpoint, preventing the spread of disease by licensing prostitutes and regulating health exams can help to promote public health.

In addition, since criminalized prostitution brings out an element of organized crime, human trafficking, and violence in the sex trade, legalizing and regulating it can also be an issue and goal of public safety by reducing related crime.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM (Answer #9)

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To underscore what post #8 has so cogently stated, morality cannot be legislated.  Therefore, it would be best to regulate prostitution in the manner in which European countries handle it. (In Nevada there are places in which prostitution is legal) That is, as the above post mentions, there should be licensing which, in turn, requires periodic check-ups.

Since prostitution is the oldest profession, it cannot be done away with.  After all, there are many women who essentially prostitute themselves to one man with whom they stay because he pays all their bills in return for sexual favors.  Should there, also, be a law against this behavior? 

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM (Answer #10)

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100% agreed that morality cannot be legislated. This is precisely why regulating a practice that will not go away is perhaps the best way to keep the public in check: Health issues, age issues, and the likes would at least be accounted for, if not under control.

The thing is that prostitution is already regulated in some places, for example, in the famous Bunny Ranch, where it is not only a common practice, but is actually so well-known that it brings good business and tourist dollars to the city in which it operates. I also agree with the previous post in that there are plenty of women who are no different from prostitutes int he way that they behave with men in exchange for favors. What is worse, there are some that do not even get that much in return for always preferring the company of a loser.

In the end, the sexual act is merely one more body function that people use at will for whatever reason. Some do it for manipulation, others for money, others for vice. As long as people are safe and nobody is getting hurt mentally or physically, who am I to judge anybody?

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:17 AM (Answer #11)

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It is really interesting to see the comments in post 8 by mwestwood endorsed by herappleness in post 9:

After all, there are many women who essentially prostitute themselves to one man with whom they stay because he pays all their bills in return for sexual favors.  Should there, also, be a law against this behavior?

In respose, I would say that all this being done withing the framework of a legal/religious/social contract of marriage and if all this behaviour is acceptable to the concerned persons within the said contract so it does not seem to be anybodies business.

If the society looks at the sexual act as "merely one more body function" as given in post 9 than why not provide a legal framework for prostitutes to have all the benifits of legal controls such as public health & safety and crime related to age, human trafficking and voilence. I think such societies can legalise it making a case of 'human rights of the sex workers'. Surely going for the other option of regulation would also require a law to make a regulatory body so why not do it directly by a "bill for sex workers". Don't call it a "bill for prostitutes" if it hurts.

Afterall, who am I to judge? If someone believes in the hereafter, he/she may keep away from this business and let the others be judged by the God according to his/her belief. I am not the custodian of morality and what's morality - it's all relative.

 

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 13, 2012 at 3:48 AM (Answer #12)

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100% agreed that morality cannot be legislated. This is precisely why regulating a practice that will not go away is perhaps the best way to keep the public in check: Health issues, age issues, and the likes would at least be accounted for, if not under control.

The thing is that prostitution is already regulated in some places, for example, in the famous Bunny Ranch, where it is not only a common practice, but is actually so well-known that it brings good business and tourist dollars to the city in which it operates. I also agree with the previous post in that there are plenty of women who are no different from prostitutes int he way that they behave with men in exchange for favors. What is worse, there are some that do not even get that much in return for always preferring the company of a loser.

In the end, the sexual act is merely one more body function that people use at will for whatever reason. Some do it for manipulation, others for money, others for vice. As long as people are safe and nobody is getting hurt mentally or physically, who am I to judge anybody?

Hello herappleness!!

While it is a common point of view that morality cannot be legislated, a serious recollection of the contents of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence will conclusively disprove this popular idea. According due freedom and liberty to early American Africans is morality legislated. Recent legislation against hate crimes and bullying is morality legislated. Laws banning racial profiling is morality legislated. We indeed can and indeed do legislate morality. It seems to me the most important factor in legalization of prostitution reflects what countries like The Netherlands have in place, which is periodic government certification of the health of the worker. This is critical both for their sakes and the clients' sakes.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 13, 2012 at 5:00 AM (Answer #13)

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In reply to 12:

I have been keenly reading your posts in enotes and really appreciate your balanced approach and your value for morality. I appreciate your comment, "We indeed can and indeed do legislate morality." However when you say:

"It seems to me the most important factor in legalization of prostitution reflects what countries like The Netherlands have in place, which is periodic government certification of the health of the worker. This is critical both for their sakes and the clients' sakes."

Does it mean that you would favour the legal certification of the sex workers in US on the grounds of health as done in The Netherlands? Would it not be the legalisation of prostitution indirectly?

I think it is not the morality in this case because sex outside a marriage is not an issue for even under-15. Many schools in the West started providing 'the morning-after pills' in year 2000 as can be seen inthe following links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/08/world/france-provides-morning-after-pill-to-schoolgirls.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

and

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/07/15/us-morning-after-idUSTRE66E5MP20100715

Is seems that its not the morality but the health that really matters in the West. In addition prostitution generates untaxed money and it is also a matter of concern.

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM (Answer #14)

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It is commonly believed that you can't mandate morality; therefore, if prostitution is allowed you must be concerned with the health of the participants. Sexually transmitted diseases and their prevention would be a major concern. Hundreds of thousands of people have died from AIDS. This disease is a major health and socioeconomic concern.

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