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There are many legal issues in society today that are becoming the topic of numerous controversial debates These debates involve both the need for personal choice and the importance of societys morality These issues include such topics as abortion euthanasia capital punishment the legalization of drugs and the decriminalization of prostitution Prostitution is the oldest paying profession in history and it is as ancient as humanity itself If a topic as controversial as abortion is legal then prostitution should be as well Sexual activity between two consenting adults compares to abortion under the same reasoning that a woman can do with her body what she wishes Some say it is a personal choice to assert the fundamental right of consenting adults to pay for sexual services It could be considered just like any other professional service or like buying a good dinner instead of having home cooking all the time Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam and Nevada and these cities are known worldwide for their choices The San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution agrees with the decriminalization of prostitution In Canada it is legal to be a prostitute but not to work at it There are many women who would argue that this is unconstitutional In 1995 a Florida woman formerly a prostitute sued the state saying that the laws that prohibit her from practicing her chosen profession are unconstitutional Decriminalization would take prostitution out of the Criminal Code This would allow municipal politicians to step in and introduce bylaws designed to regulate prostitution particularly highly visible street prostitution in their communities The most prominent example of such laws is in Amsterdam where as of January 1 1997 a designated area has been set aside where streetwalking prostitution is permitted Some 300 streetwalkers operated across Amsterdam and a blind eye had been turned to them but when too many congregated in a given area they were dispersed by police and local residents suffered from the
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