Why is prostitution criminalized? An alternative viewpoint on the construction of sex work

@article{HayesSmith2010WhyIP,
  title={Why is prostitution criminalized? An alternative viewpoint on the construction of sex work},
  author={Rebecca Hayes-Smith and Zahra Shekarkhar},
  journal={Contemporary Justice Review},
  year={2010},
  volume={13},
  pages={43 - 55}
}
Prostitution/sex work remains criminalized in most areas of the United States. While it can be sufficiently argued that prostitution is a dangerous occupation, the assumptions that the criminal law are prefaced on are not necessarily substantiated with sufficient evidence. Alternative constructions of prostitution such as decriminalization or legalization are backed by more support and can be asserted to be more just or fair from a legal standpoint and a public health perspective. Throughout… 

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