Is Prostitution A Victimless Crime?
A victimless crime, according to the legal dictionary, is a crime where there are no apparent victims and no apparent pain or injury inflicted upon anyone. Victimless crimes are a class of crimes that involve consenting adults involved in acts like prostitution and gaming. The question facing us here is, is prostitution truly a victimless crime.
- Should Prostitution Be A Crime?
- Who Are the Real Victims Of These Victimless Crimes?
- Prostitutes Are the Vicitms of Rapes and Physical Assaults.
- Homelessness, Suicides and Wanting Out of the Life.
Should Prostitution Be A Crime?
Prostitution, the exchanging of money for sex between consenting adults, constitutes a crime in only ten countries around the world—The United States, India, Argentina, and in some Muslim and Communist countries. Prostitution is illegal in the United States with the exception of 10 counties in the State of Nevada. Prostitution is legal in more places than it is a crime. It is not considered a crime when it takes place between consenting adults. The authorities believe that there are no victims as long as the sex is consensual acts between adults.
At first glance, the religious arguments not withstanding, prostitution does appear to be a victimless crime. Digging deeper into “The Life”, one discovers that there are victims after all.
Who Are the Real Victims Of These Victimless Crimes?
According to a fact sheet issued by Melissa Farley, PhD of Prostitution Research & Education, the prostitutes themselves are the real victims. Melissa said that "prostitution is sexual harassment, rape, battering, verbal abuse, domestic violence, a racist practice, a violation of human rights, childhood sexual abuse, a consequence of male domination of women and a means of maintaining male domination of women." She claims that, “All prostitution causes harm to women.”
Prostitutes Are the Vicitms of Rapes and Physical Assaults.
Sixty-two percent of prostitutes reported having been raped. Seventy-eight percent of the prostitutes seeking help from the Council for Prostitution Alternative in 1991 reported having been raped an average of 16 times a year by their pimps and 33 times a year by their Johns. Rape, forced sex, is still a crime even when committed on a prostitution.
According to the fact sheet released by Melissa Farley, PhD of Prostitution Research & Education, 73 percent of the prostitutes interviewed reported having been physically assaulted, 83 percent reported that there had been a weapon involved in the assault. Most had reported having been robbed by their johns on numerous occasions.
Homelessness, Suicides and Wanting Out of the Life.
- Seventy-two percent of the prostitutes interview reported having been homeless before entering the life. They entered the life to get a place to live.
- Seventy-five percent of the women in escort services had attempted suicide on one or more occasions.
- Ninety-two percent of the prostitutes interviewed by the Prostitution Research & Education Institution wanted out of prostitution immediately.
- Sixty-five to seventy-percent of the prostitute had been involved in incest before becoming prostitutes.
As you can see from these statistics, the prostitutes themselves are the real victims of this victimless crime.
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