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Prostitution Opposition Prostitution is one of th oldest trades known to man and even at the present time while it is illegal in most areas of the United States it is still employing many women and is solicited by even more men Prostitution should be decriminalized because we are paying too high a financial and social cost for the ineffective enforcement of laws against it The money and the law enforcement personnel freed by legalizing prostitution could be better spent if used to protect citizens against violent crimes Prostitution has not always been a crime and there are still a few communities in the West particularly in Nevada where houses of prostitution operate as legal businesses First let me give you a brief history lesson on prostitution Before the 17th century fornication may not have been socially accepted but neither English nor American common law recognized it as a crime After the Civil War a series of laws were proposed to segregate and license prostitutes to operate in red light districts and in 1910 the Mann act a federal statute prohibiting the transportation of females across a state border for the purpose of prostitution debauchery or any immoral purpose was passed By 1917 the organized and highly profitable prostitution of New Orleans and other cities was doomed by federal edict and in 1925 every state had enacted an anti-prostitution law Still the effectiveness and the social and economic cost of making prostitution a crime has been continually questioned J Pearl 256 There are generally two types of prostitutes those who either employ themselves or have a pimp and then there are escorts Escorts are supposed to be just that an escort According to Kentucky law an escort is defined as Any person who is held out to the public to be available for hire for monetary consideration in the form of a fee commission tip or salary to consort with or who
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