Legalizing Prostitution: a Criminological View Persuasive Essay by cee-cee

Legalizing Prostitution: a Criminological View
A discussion of the legalization of prostitution from a feminist criminological perspective.
# 110049 | 1,831 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2008 in Women Studies (General) , Criminology (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper discusses the fact that existing laws jeopardize the lives of sex workers and explains social learning theories and feminist criminological theories that support the decriminalization of prostitution as a humanitarian undertaking. The author defines prostitution and suggests what feminists and human rights activists could lobby for in order to ensure that prostitutes have rights both as individual people and sex industry workers. The author concludes that if the sex industry was regulated and sex workers were provided with legal protection, safety, and health services, they might be enabled to rise above survival mode and escape from prostitution.

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Hagan, F. E. (2002). Introduction to Criminology. Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior, fifth edition. Belmont, California: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning.
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  • Sullivan, B. (2007). Rape, prostitution, and consent. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 127 (16). Retrieved on 5 December 2007 from

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