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Prostitution Should it be legal Prostitution is known as the oldest profession in the world however many states in the US outlaw it The textbook definition of prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in sexual acts for money Prostitution Macmillan 805 Nevada is the first state in the United States to legalize prostitution Although the long-term effects of legalized prostitution are uncertain the short-term effects have been economically beneficial Prostitution should be legalized because not only could it financially benefit the country but it could also reduce crime There are many reasons why prostitution is illegal in 49 US states today First and foremost many people feel that prostitution should stay illegal in order to preserve morality Parents do not want their children to grow up thinking that prostitution is acceptable Worse yet parents do not want to hear their children say When I grow up I want to be a prostitute Christianity also looks down upon prostitution because according to their beliefs the act of sex is only to be done when a man and a woman are in love and married Monogamy is to be practiced in the marriage and any violation of this is considered a sin Another reason why the preservation of morality is so important is that peoples morals shape the future of our nation Many people feel that if prostitution is legalized then its long term effects would be detrimental to the United States The divorce rate in the United States peaked at an all time high in 1980 Marriage 56 By the legalization of prostitution this would allow room for husbands and wives to commit adultery Thus leading the marriage to a divorce The divorce rate has really increased over the centuries In the US today the divorce rate is fifty percent of the US itself Holland 86 Second prostitution is a great health risk to the US because of the spread of sexually
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