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September 26, 2022

 

Should We Legalize Prostitution?

The existence of prostitution anywhere is society’s lustful portrayal of women. However, with laws that prohibit sex work the inevitable prostitute is left without protection from the police. Reporting crimes may put them at risk of criminalization which traps them. If they are not threatened by the possibility of criminalization, sex workers may be better able to collaborate with law enforcement to identify perpetrators of violence and abuse which includes human trafficking

Human Rights Watch has consistently found in research across various countries that criminalization makes sex workers more vulnerable to violence, including rape, assault, and murder, by attackers who see sex workers as easy targets because they are stigmatized and unlikely to receive help from the police. Workers may also seek unsafe areas to work to avoid law enforcement. Legal recognition of sex workers and their occupation maximizes their protection, dignity, and equality

What makes people hesitant about decriminalizing prostitution is the stigma that surrounds it and views it places on women. However, if the women’s safety and overall well-being is what is most important, then laws against prostitution are not the solution because it places the sex worker in unsafe environments that will leave them trapped without protection. When a sex worker is the victim of a crime, including sexual violence, the police should prosecute the suspect and not penalize the victim. Overall, the decriminalization of prostitution will create the best environment for people who are in a bad place and will not trap the victim of serious crimes and scary experiences.


Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia

My video is about sex trafficking in Southeast Asia. In these areas, young women and girls are forced to sell their bodies either for food, money, and/or to pay off their family debts. For them, this is the only way to survive, yet, it is at the expense of their own humanity and freedom. I am passionate about this because I feel that it’s unfair that people are forced to go through this because others are unwilling. The serious injustice done is that the government knows about the issue, however, they chose to ignore it in favor of these projects. It is unjust that many live in luxury and riches, while others sell their bodies for food.

Before starting this project, I had a vague idea about the situation that was going on in the area. I had previously watched documentaries about the issue, as well as read articles about the desperation of these poor girls and women. I was aware of the problem that was occurring and that the government was ignoring them and not helping to solve the issue.

After doing this project, I learned that there have been movements by the UN and the governments involved to solve the issue. I also learned that Thailand has the highest rates of prostitution and is the most reluctant of Southeast Asian countries to monitor the problem. I also learned that tourism has helped fuel it because tourists from places such as the U.S. are sick enough to believe that they are helping the girls.

In conclusion, I made this project in the hopes of educating people about the issue and making sure that they understand that the desperation of these women is dire and severe. People should try and help those in need either through donations, or condemn those that support the trade.

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