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The economics behind prostitution In major cities around the world both time and money are being wasted in the fight against prostitution Not only are politicians constantly devising new methods of eliminating the prostitutes but also the mayors of these cities are continuously squandering precious amounts of money in trying to rid the streets of prostitutes What the politicians do not realize however is that no matter how hard they try they will never fully eradicate prostitution Sex is essential to the human being if one is willing to pay for it someone else will always be willing to perform it Moreover if sex is legal and paying for services is also legal then why shouldnt paid sex be legal In Amsterdam Holland prostitution has been legalized Not only does this allow the city to focus on more important issues as homelessness and criminal activity it also brings in a large profit from the tourists who come to Amsterdam for the sex There are those who claim that establishing brothels in a city will lower the market values of neighboring residential properties They further maintain that these lower value properties will attract the attention of lower-income people thereby bringing in the wrong types of people to live in the neighborhood These wrong types of people would hurt the economy because they would be relying on the government for welfare However a map of Amsterdam shows that in the red-light district area set aside for prostitution only 9-13 of the population were unemployed as of January 1 1999 Amsterdam 1 Moreover a corresponding map shows that there were at least 750 jobs per 1000 inhabitants in that same area as of January 1 1998 This number of available jobs was far higher than the amount available in any other district in the city Because of the popularity of the sex industry the houses of prostitution charge high rates Thus the area outside the red
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