Prostitution, Legalization

Prostitution: Should it be legalized?

Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in exchange for a payment of some sort, most likely money. The legal status of such acts vary from country to country, with some having harsher penalties than the others. People who commit these acts are called ‘prostitutes’. The estimated yearly revenue generated by the global prostitution industry is over 100 billion dollars.
Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act takes place at the customer's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or in a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (called in-call). Another form is street prostitution. Sex tourism is travel, generally from developed to under-developed nations, to engage in other sexual activity with prostitutes.
Prostitution is a victimless crime. Prostitutes are not committing an inherently harmful act. While the spread of disease and other detriments are possible in the practice of prostitution, criminalization is a sure way of exacerbating rather than addressing such effects. Morality and free choice are being affected if prostitution is remained illegal. "We chose sex work after we did a lot of things we couldn't stand. Sex work is better. For me, sex work isn't my first choice of paying work. It just happens to be the best alternative available. It's better than being president of someone else's corporation. It's better than being a secretary. It is the most honest work I know of." – Veronica Monet, author and prostitute.
Criminalizing the sex industry creates ideal conditions for rampant exploitation and abuse of sex workers...It is believed that trafficking in women, coercion and exploitation can only be stopped if the existence of prostitution is recognized and the legal and social rights of prostitutes are guaranteed....