International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Freedom for Women in the Sex Work Occupation: Twenty-Three Reasons Why Prostitution Should Be Legalized In America
Billy Long

American society is slowly becoming more tolerant of individual freedoms involving the human body. Laws have recently been relaxed regarding marijuana use, nudity, euthanasia, gay rights and abortion. Prostitution, on the other hand, has lagged behind in changes of societal attitudes. It is argued here that legalization of private prostitution is justified based on five broad rationales: 1) it represents a natural evolutionary process; 2) it will empower women; 3) it will improve safety for sex workers; 4) it will increase professionalization of the sex work industry; and 5) it serves to de-emphasize the oppression of women paradigm. Additional justifications are presented.

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