Effects of New Legislation on the Oldest Profession
Sex for sell. For some prostitution is a victimless crime while others
fight hard in the hopes of one day abolishing prostitution forever. The
topic of prostitution remains a greatly debated issue even after so many
years of existence. Prostitution existed as far back in time as ancient
Athens and ancient Rome. In Rome, prostitutes were licensed by the state
Prostitution continued to flourished through out Europe until the
High Middle Ages with the outbreak of the syphilis epidemic and Reformation
morality (Academic American Encyclopedia 91). In most large Western cities
today prostitution is illegal but tolerated, because police there are more
concerned with regulating the crimes, organized by crime syndicates,
associated with prostitution (Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia 94). Other
Western governments combine regulated prostitution with public health
measures to control disease (American Academic Encyclopedia 91).
Prostitution has lasted and survived every attack by civilization to end
Some would say that for as long people have both money and sexual
frustration some will continue to pay others to satisfy them ( Bovard 18).
Existing throughout the world and time, prostitution has managed to
however a growing number of people are beginning to look at the effect
legalization of or strict laws for prostitution would have on a community.
Prostitution in the world is alive and well despite the fact that is it
illegal in most developed countries (Academic American Encyclopedia 91).
Some see it as an issue of safety in out neighborhoods and other take it on
as a moral issue. However, because of the spread of disease and what seems
to be a futile battle, many cities in America and other countries are
considering the possibility of legalization and regulation of prostitution.
In Britain, it is considered legal to sell sex but, the associated
activities including soliciting, advertising, street walking, and running
brothels is illegal (“Green-light areas” 73). The article “Green-Light
talks of how the police in Britain tend to turn a blind eye to prostitution
and go after the pimps and drug-dealers who are connected with the
prostitution (73).This method of policing is different from that in America
where police concentrate on the prostitutes themselves.
Brothels are also
given license in Britain. The thinking being that is it allows regular
visits by health officials who check basic standards of hygiene and can
dispose of dirty needles (“Green-Light Area” 73). Canada has similar laws
pertaining to prostitution. The selling of sex is legal, but pimping and
working a brothel is illegal (World Sex Guide 96). Toronto would like to
license prostitutes and relocate to official red-light district. The plan
has little support and most of its critics say it will be ineffectual
Vancouver also has a program that allows streetwalkers to
their jobs uninterrupted as long as they stay outside so called “no-go”
neighborhoods (Chisholm 35). The solution for several countries and cities
who have high levels of prostitution seems to be to open red light
districts. In fact, some cities around the world have already taken that
step. Critics would argue that this is a sort of give up mentality.
Hamburg and Amsterdam are such places that have taken that step. These
places are often cited as models that provide safer environments for
Some would argue that the benefits to red-light districts as
those in Hamburg and Amsterdam are limited because the successful
prostitutes would dominate these zones and others would simply move to
surrounding neighborhoods (Chisholm 35). Hamburg is noted for making
streetwalkers undergo frequent health checks but even advocates for the
legalization of prostitution say that Amsterdam has some problems to work
out (Bovard 18). The most known about place for commercial sex in America
the state of Nevada. Brothels, which are legal in 12 rural counties in
Nevada tend to be safe places to indulge in sexual activities. (Bovard 18).
Those against prostitution state that although the brothels may be not a
health risk there still are downfalls.
Anastasia Volkonsky, a columnist for
Insight on the News, says that even the legal brothels maintain a
with the pimping circuit by paying finder’s fee to pimps who .