Prostitution as a profession is more than the seemingly simple delivery of sexual favors in exchange for money.

Prostitution as a profession is more than the seemingly simple delivery of sexual favors in exchange for money.

Prostitution as a profession is more than the seemingly simple delivery of sexual favors in exchange for money. It is an industry that changes many lives, and can have negative effect on those directly involved in it. Physical and emotional abuse as well as drug use is often associated with these lifestyles. Women make up the gender majority of sex workers and as such stand to suffer the most, unfortunately the measures that are being taken now are simply not acceptable. Due to the illegal status of prostitution, these individuals are being left in the margins of society needlessly and as a result of this unchecked abuse the profession has been converted into a tool for men to exploit women without fear of retribution. If we were to base our planning and prevention on history we would be prudent not to assume that the issue of prostitution will go away on its own, if we cannot completely stop it from occurring than we should take measures to protect and monitor those implicated. An average of $7.5 million is spent every year in Switzerland on prostitution control, this number is only augmenting with little to no change in the number of prostitutes arrested (www.bern.ch)).Many reformers feel that this money could be better spent on providing shelters for drug addicted prostitutes or to help them choose another life-style. In addition, of those arrested roughly 70% are women. There are three specific points of sex selling that are currently major problems that may be decrease somewhat by the decriminalization or regulation of these acts. Forced prostitution is an unclear line between forced sex and sex given with consent. Approximately 3/4 of the women who are trafficked are often not unaware that they are sold to strip clubs, brothels, or the street. These women may be escaping poverty or abuse. The way it usually works is that these women have to pay off a debt before they can be free to choose a different life. Unfortunat…


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