What would be the relvant consequences for society if we could effectively halt the practice of prostitution?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am going to take this from the point of view that prostitution is something that is not of an individual's choice.   I realize that there is a line of logic that suggests that prostitution is liberating because individuals can choose to do what they wish with their bodies, representing the penultimate of choice and freedom.  Rather, I would suggest that the stopping of human trafficking across the world could be one of the most profoundly relevant consequences or society if the practice of prostitution could be halted.  I think that statistics in this case speak for themselves:

Annually, according to U.S. Government-sponsored research completed in 2006, approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across national borders, which does not include millions trafficked within their own countries. Approximately 80 percent of transnational victims are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors.

The number one cause of human trafficking is for prostitution, so the consequences of stopping it are staggering.  Over a million people are impacted through human trafficking for prostitution and to stop the spread of this is one of the most significant consequences.  Additionally, to be able to restore the youth for minors involved is another relevant consequence for society in stopping the practice.  Finally, I would suggest that there is a moral imperative for societies that believe in like- minded liberal values to stop individuals who benefit off of the trafficking of human flesh.  There is something that is to be said for ceasing this practice.  In this, I think that this becomes the relevant consequence if the practice of prostitution could be halted.

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