Should prostitution be legal?
Konichiwa! Since my opponent has not given me any guidelines to follow, I will post my arguments this round.
First, I'll refute my opponent's case.
"I believe that prostitution should be legal because it is the person's body, and they should be able to do with it as they please. If getting a tattoo isn't illegal, then why should prostitution be?"
There is a big difference between getting a tattoo and selling your body. This choice not only affects the person, but also their clients and lovers via diseases and other means which I'll cover in my case later on.
"Prostitution isn't harming anybody because the person paying for sex is giving their full consent"
I'll cover this later on.
" The government shouldn't be able to put a ban on something just because the majority of society doesn't agree with it. For a long time, the majority of society didn't agree with gay marriage which is why it was illegal. If people can realize how wrong it was to prohibit that, why can't they realize that it also isn't their call to decide if people should get money for sex. It's a service just as anything else is. People pay money to go to a movie, which is something that they enjoy doing that won't harm anybody. The same way, people should be able to pay for sex without the government interfering."
A movie is different from selling your body. I still disagree with gay marriage and homosexuality in general. They impose a ban on it because it can hurt the American people.
Now, for my case:
Point 1: STDs and How Long It Can Take To Show Up
Sexually transmitted diseases can take a long time to show up in an infected individual. For this argument, I'll be giving three common sexually transmitted diseases along with how long it may take the person to develop symptoms or for it to be detected by tests.
For HPV, there is currently no testing for men (1)
"The average incubation period, which begins immediately after the initial sexual contact with an infected person, is usually two to three months but can range from one to 20 months. However, when HPV is transmitted from one person to another, the virus infects the top layers of the skin and can remain inactive or latent for months or possibly years before warts or other signs of HPV infection appear. In couples that have not had sex partners for many years, the woman may develop an abnormal Pap smear because of previous contact." (2)
What it causes:
HPV can cause cervical and other cancers cancers including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. It can also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (called oropharyngeal cancer).
Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV. The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types of HPV that can cause cancers.
There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health problems. People with weak immune systems (including individuals with HIV/AIDS) may be less able to fight off HPV and more likely to develop health problems from it." (3)
There is a vaccine that will prevent some of the strains of HPV before the initial infection.
"Even if a prostitute is being tested every week for HIV, she will test negative for at least the first 4-6 weeks and possibly the first 12 weeks after being infected.... This means that while the test is becoming positive and the results are becoming known, that prostitute may expose up to 630 clients to HIV. This is under the best of circumstances with testing every week and a four-week window period. It also assumes that the prostitute will quit working as soon as he or she finds out the test is HIV positive, which is highly unlikely. This is not the best approach for actually reducing harm. Instead, in order to slow the global spread of HIV/AIDS we should focus our efforts on abolishing prostitution." (4)
What it Causes:
HIV infection weakens your immune system, making you highly susceptible to numerous infections and certain types of cancers.
Infections common to HIV/AIDS
Treatment and its side effects:
There's no cure for HIV/AIDS, but a variety of drugs can be used in combination to control the virus. Each class of anti-HIV drugs blocks the virus in different ways. It's best to combine at least three drugs from two classes to avoid creating strains of HIV that are immune to single drugs.
HIV treatment regimens may involve taking multiple pills at specific times every day for the rest of your life. Side effects can include:
Due to a character limit, these are all the disease I will cover.
In Conclusion Regarding Point 1:
Many sexually transmitted diseases take a while to show up in testing. For instance, HIV can take up to twelve weeks to show up.
It is unsafe and immoral to approve this type of behavior.
This would lead to more STD infections as quoted by Jeffery J. Barrows.
Case 2: Sex Trafficing
This argument will be quoted:
"Legalized or decriminalized prostitution industries are one of the root causes of sex trafficking. One argument for legalizing prostitution in the Netherlands was that legalization would help to end the exploitation of desperate immigrant women who had been trafficked there for prostitution. However, one report found that 80% of women in the brothels of the Netherlands were trafficked from other countries (Budapest Group, 1999)(1). In 1994, the International Organization of Migration (IOM) stated that in the Netherlands alone, “nearly 70 % of trafficked women were from CEEC [Central and Eastern European Countries]” (IOM, 1995, p. 4). The government of the Netherlands presents itself as a champion of antitrafficking policies and programs, yet it has removed every legal impediment to pimping, procuring and brothels. In the year 2000, the Dutch Ministry of Justice argued in favor of a legal quota of foreign “sex workers,” because the Dutch prostitution market demanded a variety of “bodies” (Dutting, 2001, p. 16). Also in 2000, the Dutch government sought and received a judgment from the European Court recognizing prostitution as an economic activity, thereby enabling women from the European Union and former Soviet bloc countries to obtain working permits as “sex workers” in the Dutch sex industry if they could prove that they are self employed. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Europe report that traffickers use the work permits to bring foreign women into the Dutch prostitution industry, masking the fact that women have been trafficked, by coaching them to describe themselves as independent “migrant sex workers” (Personal Communication, Representative of the International Human Rights Network, 1999). In the year since lifting the ban on brothels in the Netherlands, eight Dutch victim support organizations reported an increase in the number of victims of trafficking, and twelve victim support organization reported that the number of victims from other countries has not diminished (Bureau NRM, 2002, p. 75). Forty-three of the 348 municipalities (12%) in the Netherlands choose to follow a no-brothel policy, but the Minister of Justice has indicated that the complete banning of prostitution within any municipality could conflict with the federally guaranteed “right to free choice of work” (Bureau NRM, 2002, p.19). " (7)
Due to a character limit, that is all I shall post. Arigatou! Oyasuminasai!
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4. Jeffrey J. Barrows, D.O.
Health Consultant on Human Trafficking for the Christian Medical Association
"HIV and Prostitution: What's the Answer?" The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity website
Sep. 9, 2005
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