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Old 09-28-2009, 09:57 PM   #18
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Default Re: amibigous solicitation...without money?

if anyone wants to read it, this a prostitution paper some kid paid me to write.

Deviance is socially constructed and varies over time, geography and context. Any activity or action contrary to the established norms of society is deviant. Prostitution is universally viewed as the act or practice of engaging in sex acts for hire ( Davidson, 2002). It is widely recognized as the oldest occupation in the world because it has existed since we were able to document history. However, that does not change the overall perception of its deviance. Along with the obvious criminal deviance of prostitution, there is also the overriding negative impact many believe it has on society (Sullivan, 2005)
Much contemporary debate about prostitution centers on environmental effects on communities, a concept that includes disorderly public conduct, potential harm to children, harassment of and violence against women, nasty paraphernalia, and so on. Many see the public sale of sex acts as a virus that attacks the good fiber of community, spawns a host of spin-off crimes and deviant behaviors, and cultivates unwanted subcultures and communities at the expense of traditional community, flourishing businesses, and mundane civic culture (Brents and Hausbeck, 2005). The more recent AIDS crisis continues to frame prostitutes as vectors of disease and a potential threat to heterosexual populations. Many view prostitution as a deviant institution, contrary to the norms established in society within a recognized moral code.
Although there are many forms of prostitution, the most stigmatized is street prostitution. This form of sex work is intrinsically related to poverty. Female prostitutes are disproportionately young ethnic minorities who are impoverished, uneducated and possess few marketable skills( Davidson, 2002) . Viewed as depraved individuals, lawmakers have and continue to chastise these women through the law. Consistency in enforcing prostitution laws, which includes laws against patronizing prostitutes, nonetheless, has been and continues to be inequitable. Many believe there is a structural racism, sexism and classism tied to the contemporary female prostitute (Davidson, 2002).
The public perception of prostitution has evolved over time. Early feminist reformers identified the key problem with prostitution as male lust that lured innocent women into a depraved life as prostitutes. They saw violence in the force and coercion used to transform innocent women to prostitutes (Sullivan 1995). Upon entrance into prostitution, young women are further exploited and subjected to widespread violence from pimps, madams, and customers (Brents and Hausbeck, 2005). These policies also assume prostitutes are helpless victims, leading critics to assert that this perspective is paternalistic and disempowering to women.
The wide array of criminalization policies argue that prostitution brings danger and violence to prostitutes and to their customers. Proponents of criminalization argue that the only way to protect against these dangers is to stand collectively against the commercial sale of sex and to prosecute purveyors of prostitution (Sullivan, 2005). Pro-legalization advocates argue that prostitution is an unstoppable social exchange and that the most efficient and effective means to eliminate the violence and protect all parties involved is for the government to regulate prostitution through legalization (Brents and Hausbeck, 2005).
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