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Gregory R Shaw Human Sexuality 1 Professor Taverner March 23 2001 Prostitution Should it be Criminal Prostitution or also know as the worlds oldest profession is a criminal act almost everywhere inside the United States today The question is whether it should remain a criminal or not James Bovard feels that prostitution should be decriminalized for 2 main reasons First far too much policeman power is being wasted on prostitution stings and arrests Second legalization will help prevent the spread of disease most importantly the spread of HIV Anastasia Volkonsky states that prostitution degrades women That even in places with legal prostitution in America illegal prostitution still takes place According to James Bovard the police spend way too much time effort and money combating prostitution in America Now a days police use all sorts of stings and measures to combat prostitution In some of these cases these operations could almost be out right entrapment on the police side In Detroit Washington New York Portland and some other area the police have the right to confiscate ones vehicle if caught soliciting to a prostitute Basically the police have acted like de facto car thefts when using this statute in undercover operations The problem is that police arrest way to many people for prostitution especially in reference to other more serious crimes Las Vegas for example arrests on the average of 300 to 400 prostitutes a month In Boston Cleveland and Houston the police arrest twice as many prostitutes as they did for all homicides rapes robberies and assaults combined The reason is prostitution arrests are easier to make because they are right out in the open Far to many police agencies stress the importance of undercover operations for prostitutions The nations jails are already crowded and will get worse if this continues Legalizing prostitution well prevent the spread of Sexual Transmitted Diseases If prostitution is legal prostitutes must
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