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The Advantages & Disadvantages of Prostitution

Discussion of the hypothesis of prostitution in Australia.

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Hypothesis: Due to the numerous disadvantages of prostitution outweighing the advantages, any form of currently legalized prostitution such as licensed brothels or sole operators should be banned and restricted in all states and territories in Australia.

Prostitution is thought to be the oldest profession in the world but yet is a growing concern in Australian communities and due to this fact many problems are arising. In 2006-2007 there was a staggering, 24 licensed brothel premises operating throughout Queensland alone and according to a study of 247 female prostitutes, Selling Sex in Queensland 2003, found that the respondents were between the ages of 19 and 57 years with an average of 32. Society does not realize yet, the damage prostitution has on these sex workers and the long term ostracism they will come to face when time passes. Because of a reluctance of some men to self-report it is difficult to form a precise prediction however approximately 1 in 30 men have sex with a prostitute in any given year, substantially increasing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases held by either the prostitute or the client. Also research showed that prostitutes are more likely than the rest of the general community to be injecting drug users. Furthermore approximately one quarter of licensed brothel workers and sole operators are married or in a de facto relationship. Just over half of these women had children.

Unsurprisingly money was the main motivation and the only for any type of involvement in prostitution but flexible working hours was also an important consideration, particularly for licensed brothel workers which further revealed that 46.5% were unable to earn sufficient money in more mainstream employment.

Therefore due to the numerous disadvantages of prostitution outweighing the advantages, any form of currently legalized prostitution such as licensed brothels or sole operators should be banned and restricted in all states and territories in Australia. The operations and monitoring of licensed brothels are currently regulated by the PLA through the Prostitution Act 1999, Prostitution regulation 2000 which govern the conditions upon each license and also the conditions in which prostitutes are working.

The recent uproar of AIDS have added a new element to prostitution and sparked concern in the community regarding the potential for prostitutes and their clients to spread the disease. Although sex workers have a high risk of contracting HIV or AIDS, contrary to the widely held community perception, American and Australian research has shown sex workers have a higher standard of sexual health than the general population. Under section 77A of the Prostitution Act 1999 it is illegal to engage in sexual intercourse or oral sex without the use of a prophylactic, therefore Australia has managed to avoid a HIV epidemic amongst prostitutes. Also under section 90 of the Prostitution Act 1999 a person must not work as a prostitute at a licensed brothel during any period in which the person knows he or she is infective with a sexually transmissible disease. “Between 1997 and 2001, the proportion of sex workers attending the Gold Coast Sexual Health Clinic diagnosed with chlamydia were almost identical to non-sex workers…” (http://www.pla.qld.gov.au/Resources/PLA/reportsPublications/documents/Select%20prostitution%20statistics%20-%2019.12.07.pdf). Thus AIDS or HIV is not currently a concerning issue but the risk of a prostitute contracting these diseases is still great and will always remain a hazardous disadvantage.

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