||[Nov. 30th, 2005|05:27 pm]
The Question Club
For those that live in the United States:|
Answer number 1 first, then move on to the other questions. That sounds friggin obvious, but bear with me and don't read ahead.
I'm writing an essay on legalizing prostitution. 1. Would you legalize it or decriminalize it, or keep it illegal? Legalizing would have it be government regulated and controlled. Decriminalizing would just make it be like any other profession, no control, no punishment for doing it.
My professor told us today that there are a few types of ways people deal with controversial topics like this:
a. There is no evidence to prove they should believe something, but they believe it anyway.
b. There is evidence to prove it, and they believe it. Likewise, if there is no evidence, they don't believe it because they have no proof.
c. There is evidence to prove it, but they ignore and believe something else.
2. Be honest. Which one of these people are you?
There is evidence to suggest that legalizing prostitution to some extent, like the way Germany does, would help make the practice safer for clients and the sex workers themselves. Sex workers cannot report being raped or abused because they are afraid of being arrested themselves. If they were not afraid to come forward, police could attempt to catch violent rapists and murderers. It would also give police forces more time to spend on violent crime unrelated to hookers, and keep them from using entrapment to catch illegal escorts. The government could also regulate work hours and eradicate the need for pimps, which often times harm more than they help prostitutes.
3. How do you feel about prostitution now? Has this changed your opinion in any way?
4. If you live outside of the United States and prostitution is legal where you live, how do you feel about it?
5. How do you feel about the United State's laws on prostitution?
I do realize that some counties in Nevada allow prostitution. My questions don't include them, because they are by far an exception to the rules the majority of the country uses.