Prostitutes solicit and accept payment in exchange for sexual favors. This form of income is despised by many because it is regarded as an act performed merely to satisfy an animal lust. It is also considered to be void of any emtioal commitment. Decrimin alization of prostitution may introduce regualtion of health care, taxes and business code standards for those choosing to work in this profession but, it opens the door to increased inequality and exploitation of persons in society. Prostitution is a mea ns of sexually transmitting diseases, including HIV, and is associated with drug use. These are not the types of activities society needs more of. Nor does society need more cases of physical abuse and assult, which are also associated with prostitution.
Statistics showing the violence that takes place towards prostitutes.
The author, who argues that legalization would legitimize abuse of prostitutes, gives a brief description of the extreme difficulties that they face. Legalization of prostitution would allow women to be used and abused in extremely traumatic ways. [Recommended by Ashley Levin and Contessa Mendoza.]
This article presents statistics regarding prostitution: violence and rape, drug use, and reasons behind the decision to become a prostitute. Although shocking, these statistics are very interesting. [Recommended by Kimberly Spitz.]
This Web site describes the costly and dangerous results of prostitution, including AIDS, rape, beatings, robberies and drug use. [Recommended by Laura Matthies.]
This research paper compares prostitution and slavery. It states that most men and women working as prostitutes are subjected to abuses that are similar to those experienced by people working in low-status jobs. [Recommended by Anna Lisa Perez.]
This Web site contains several publications in support of decriminalizing the women in prostitution and in favor of criminalizing the men who buy these women and children. [Recommended by Anna Lisa Perez.]
Vancouver police announced that they would not charge prostitutes. This change shows that officers now recognize that sex trade workers are actually victims and that police resources are better spent pursuing the "johns" and pimps. [Recommended by Anna Lisa Perez.]
Interview of 72 heroin addicts who spread HIV by sharing injection, paraphernalia, engaging in unprotected sex.
Male and female prostitutes and their clients were interviewed on prevalence and effects of alcohol and drug use and the effects these have on safe sexual behavior.
Interview with 311 women involved extensively in both drug selling and non-drug crimes such as prostitution; link of higher income to prostitution, assets increased with frequency of crack and cocaine use.
Examines issues surrounding the criminalization of prostitution.
Adolescent risk profiles of 1121 subjects 12-24 years of age. Variables associated with subject abuse, homelessness, suicide, sex/prostitution, and physical abuse are addressed.
Examined the relationship between prostitutes and men on the streets that were not their clientele and their use of drugs.