Crimes Against Public Order

Crimes against Public Order
Alyson Cook, November 21, 2011

Crimes against Public Order
Public order crimes consist of crimes that society has deemed morally wrong. Public order crimes do not have a victim but are considered harmful or disruptive to the community’s daily life. Society expects to live a life free of worry and crime. Unfortunately public order crimes are occurring and deter this simple expectation from becoming a reality. The responsibility of curtailing and reporting public order crimes has become a situation society takes very seriously.
Prostitution is considered a public order crime and is illegal in every state except for the state of Nevada.   “Prostitution is the act of offering one’s self for hire to engage in sexual relations,” (Legal Dictionary).   Some women choose to enter prostitution while others are forced into it.   Regardless of situation prostitution is a danger crime leaving women and in some cases men vulnerable to violent behaviors and intimidation by potential clients.   Women are often beaten or raped by clients, or can be robbed of the money they have earned. Other situations may warrant beatings by their employers or turning over their profits to avoid abuse.
    “Besides engaging in prostitution, offering, or soliciting acts of prostitution, laws which vary by state, also make it a crime to cause or aid a person to commit or engage in prostitution, procure or solicit patrons for prostitution, provide persons or premises for prostitution purposes, receive or accept money or other thing of value pursuant to a prior or agreement with any person whereby he or she participates or is to participate in the proceeds of any prostitution activity, operate or assist in the operation of a house of prostitution or a prostitution enterprise,” (US Legal).
    It can be expensive to the criminal justice system to enforce laws against prostitution. In some cases it can cost thousands of dollars to make arrests. Some...