Is Prostitution Legal In The United States of America?
The profession of prostitution is although illegal not only within the world but also in the United States of America, however, with few exceptions.
The profession of prostitution is one of the oldest, worst and illegal professions across the world, which is believed to continue for many years to come, in the same way as it is going in the current scenario. However, with the changing scenario, the concept of prostitution has undergone a vast change and the days have gone back when only women were indulged in this profession. Today, even the men and Transgenders are also stepping in this profession, however, limited to a few numbers.
History of the prostitution:
As referred above the profession of prostitution is one of the oldest profession in the world, the perception of the people regarding it has been different according to culture and society. Although, in most of the countries across the world it is regarded as one of the worst professions, then again, there are lots of societies where the sex-workers, mainly the prostitutes are given respect and considered as the part of a respected profession. Whereas, in some of the communities they have put behind the bars, hanged and even punished with stoning.
It would be interesting to know that the same type of treatment is given to the clients is some of the societies and the person hiring the services of a prostitute or enjoying the sex in an illegal way with other women, who is not the spouse, have to face criminal cases against them. On the other side, there were some societies where the young girls were forced to step in this profession or as the source of getting dowry or money in exchange.
Whereas there were some religions in the ancient times where the prostitutes were considered as priestesses. In short, it can be said that before the origin of the civilized society the concept of prostitution varied from society to society. However, at the same time, efforts have been made by the society to improve the situation of the prostitutes and bring them out from this profession.
The efforts to control the practice of prostitution got strengthen in the later years of the 19th century, where efforts were made to suppress the practice of prostitution in Western countries. Moreover, with the increasing practice of feminism, the liberty offered to the men by the society was considered as a threat to the status and health of the women.
Moving ahead, the increasing moralism in the Protestant countries further played an influential role in controlling the practice of prostitution. Moving ahead the anti-prostitution campaigns were started at a high level from 1860 onwards and finally the League of Nations constituted a committee in 1921 to control the practice of trafficking. And finally, back in 1949, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a bill the suppress the prostitution throughout the world.
Legalization of Prostitution in the United State of America:
It would be interesting to know that the profession of prostitution was sporadically controlled in the USA, before the implementation of the Mann Act (1910), that prohibited the use of women for immoral activities. Interestingly, by 1915 all the state of the Council passed the law prohibiting the execution of prostitution and operation of the brothel houses within the country and still these laws are strictly activated through all the states in the United States of America.
However, the practice of legal sex work in Nevada can be considered as an exception to it, but then it also stagnated to the counties where the population is under 7,00,000. Along with this, there are certain guidelines determined by the government, which are to be strictly followed by everyone involved in this profession, whether he is a brothel house operator or a prostitute.
It is mandatory of the operators to establish the brothel house in the outskirts of the city and take care of the prostitutes including their health and safety. Moving ahead the prostitutes in the counties where prostitution is legal, the prostitutes are given the same respect as given to the women working in prestigious corporate houses.
In simple words, it can be said, that the profession of prostitution is although illegal not only within the world but also in the United States of America, however, with few exceptions.