Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review

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Prostitution is, according to cliché, the world’s oldest profession. It is also an activity greatly disputed by many, all over the world. Nearly every country has developed some way to address the issue. In the United States of America, prostitution is against the law in forty-nine of fifty states and heavily regulated in the other. The fact of the matter is that prostitution must exist because there is demand for it, and as long as that demand persists, so will the activity. Prostitution occurs across the globe between people of all genders, sexualities, ages and religions, and many other countries have decided that to fight against prostitution is futile. These countries have chosen to better distribute their resources in ways that protect all citizens. The United States should consider the successes and failures of all possible approaches to prostitution in comparison to the disrespectful, limiting, expensive and crime-ridden systems of criminalization and legalization currently in place.



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