Professor Ovi Galvan
March 4, 2015
Against Legalizing Prostitution
Prostitution is not about woman’s rights over their own bodies; on the contrary, it is an expression of men’s domineering control over women’s sexuality. It is about gendered, ethnicity, age, racial and class power relations. By no means can there be a “consent of two adults”, when one party is the buyer and the other is the provider of those services, especially when the buying party happens to socially discover skills at better sex, race, or class. Prostitution is not a choice made by free will, but rather by social and financial pressures and desperation, and it is a violation of human rights. The act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations, especially for money, is one of the most serious inhumane situations a woman could encounter. A woman has rights and the challenges in which they are facing by legalizing prostitution could be a violation of their human rights. Trafficking, prostitution of women and girls for profit, is one of the fastest growing global enterprises in the world today. Furthermore, it is ranked the second most important arena of crime, trailing just behind illegal drug deals, and tied with illegal arms deals. In this essay, I will demonstrate how Legalizing Prostitution will not have a positive effect on America as prostitution can spread various diseases, violate women’s rights, and could have consequences like unwanted pregnancies.
In Head’s article, “Legalizing Prostitution”, he goes on to demonstrate that the history of prostitution extends to all ancient and modern cultures. It has been described as "the world's oldest profession". The average female prostitute enters her job when she is only 16 to 17 years of age. Statistics have demonstrated that many runaways flee their homes due to being abused or poverty. Prostitution in the United States is illegal, except in some rural countries of the state of...