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*In prostitution, men remove women's humanity. Buying a woman in prostitution gives men the power to turn women into a living, breathing masturbation fantasy. He removes her self and those qualities that define her as an individual, and for him she becomes sexualized body parts. She acts the part of the thing he wants her to be.
*Prostitution is sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, often worse. His payment does not erase what we know about sexual violence, domestic violence and rape.
*Whether or not it is legal, prostitution is extremely harmful for women. Women in prostitution have the highest rates of rape and homicide of any group of women ever studied. They are regularly physically assaulted and verbally abused, whether they prostitute on the street or in massage parlours, brothels or hotels.
*The health consequences to women from prostitution are the same injuries and infections suffered by women who are subjected to other forms of violence against women. The physical health consequences include: injury (bruises, broken bones, black eyes, concussions)
*The sex of prostitution is physically harmful to women in prostitution. STDs (including HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, human papilloma virus, and syphilis) are alarmingly high among women in prostitution.
*In nine countries, 68 per cent of women, men and transgendered people in prostitution had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a prevalence that is comparable to that of battered or raped women seeking help, and survivors of state-sponsored torture. Across widely varying cultures on five continents the traumatic consequences of prostitution were similar whether prostitution was legal, tolerated, or illegal.
~~The legalization of prostitution should be considered, many people think that it would just cause more violence, and sexual assault, but in reality it is reducing all of the violence. Yes, there are women being raped, and abused but how will this stop. These women have no safety, that can't go running and telling the cops that they have been sexual assaulted or harmed, without them being arrested themselves. Because what these women are doing is illegal.
~~By legalizing prostitution this helps solve the issue of women being unsafe. There already is discovery on this, in Nevada prostitution is legal and there is a business that is giving licenses to women who are in the prostitution business. And with this it is benefiting them. It is providing them with safety. If there was anything to happen to a women, they can easily go to the police or there business owner and have it handled, they don't have to hide and be scared that they themselves can be arrested. They will have a voice to speak out there issues with customers and not have to worry about they themselves facing any consequences
~~Another reason to why prostitution should be legalized is that it would help reduce the spread of Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD). Illegal street prostitutes might face pressure from pimps and knowledge about condoms. But states that legalize prostitution can require sex workers to use condoms and get tested for sexually transmitted diseases.Making sex work a crime can drive prostitutes underground and make them less likely to practice safe sex and get tested for sexually transmitted disease. In other words, by legalizing prostitution it helps women learn to keep their bodies safe and to make sure that nothing will affect them in their line of work. Some states that are allowing prostitution are practicing safe sex and providing condoms to women, and checking them out, and this is what needs to be done, it will provide safety for everyone.
~~ So, by allowing prostitution to be legalized, it allows women to have more safety with sexually assault, violence, and even with harmful and life changing diseases.
Women have explained how it feels to be treated like a rented organ. "It is internally damaging. You become in your own mind what these people do and say with you. You wonder how could you let yourself do this and why do these people want to do this to you?"
Women who prostitute have described it as "paid rape" and "voluntary slavery".
Sexual violence and physical assault are the norm for women in legal prostitution. In one Dutch study, 60 per cent of women in legal prostitution were physically assaulted, 70 per cent were threatened with physical assault, 40 per cent experienced sexual violence and 40 per cent had been coerced into legal prostitution.
Pimps do not suddenly become nice guys because prostitution is legal. Legal Amsterdam brothels have up to three panic buttons in every room. Why? Because legal johns are not nice guys looking for a normal date. They regularly attempt to rape and strangle women.
As Amsterdam began shutting down its legal brothels a few years ago, Mayor Job Cohen acknowledged that the Dutch had been wrong about legal prostitution. It did not make prostitution safer. Instead, he said, legal prostitution increased organised crime. It functioned like a magnet for pimps and punters. Trafficking increased after legal prostitution"80 per cent of women in Dutch prostitution have been trafficked.
The dilemma is not that there is no legal redress for coercion, physical assault and rape in illegal prostitution. There are laws against those forms of violence. The dilemma is that once in prostitution, there is no avoiding sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, rape and acts that are the equivalent of mental torture.
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