It is time to bring this to table: Prostitution industry should be legal.

by beckyshenszh on February 8, 2017 - 12:23am

  Nowadays, many developed countries realized the importance of prostitution industry make the prostitution business legally already. Some countries which depend on the tourist industry even use prostitution industry as a major economic income. However, not all the countries can tolerate the existence of prostitute. In some conservative countries such like China, the governments are still strictly cracked down the prostitution industry. However, their ways of doing thing does not help to stop this industry at all. On the contrary, China is still one of the countries who contains biggest amount of sex workers. And the illegalization of those sex workers created a series of issues in the society.

  According to the Global News and the Shanghainnist News Website, in 2016, one of the biggest news in China is the violence attack happened at a low-budged hotel in Beijing. On April 3th, 2016, a Chinese women post a video online and described that she was suddenly attacked and abducted by an stranger in the hotel hallway. In the video, the struggle kept for around 5 minutes and the women was crying for help. During this period, a number of people were passing by, even including hotel staffs. However, they just ignored it and no one even tried to help. According to the women, she called the police immediately after the incident. But after a few days when she called the local police and asked the progressing, the police just brushed off. After she posted the video on Chinese social media, it soon become the hottest trending topic and it has over 2 billion views. The police were forced to investigate this incident again and found out the truth. This hotel was actually running an illegal prostitution business. The host thought this woman is a prostitute from outside who would undercut their business and he tried to “punish” her. This incident brings up the issue on the legalization of prostitution industry in China. Only prevent this industry won’t help anything. The only way to reduce the risk of this work is to make it legal and let those sex workers have their right.

I choose this topic to talk about because I am from China. In my hometown, there is a little shop that runs the illegal prostitute business just right across the street. I saw the young girls in the shop everyday. They look like students and I just can’t connect them with what they are doing. I want to do something to help them. I know that only prevent them from what they are doing won’t help anything. The only thing I can do is to talk with them and make them realize that they need to stand up for their right. This can also prevent the issue of child prostitution.



The topic of your paper is very interesting. Additionally, your summary of the viral video was not only informative but also very intriguing. The discussion surrounding the legality of prostitution is often debated using various ethical frameworks. Firstly, the idea of utilitarianism is concentrated around the premise of the benefit of the majority of the population. Using this framework, one can argue that prostitution should be legal since the benefits affect the majority of society. These benefits include tax revenue from this industry, safer environments for prostitutes and their clients and less STD transmission. These benefits to society outweigh the potential negatives to the minority of prostitutes. Virtue ethics evaluates actions based on the actor employing naturally good virtues and how virtuous people would act in these scenarios. Contrary to the previous argument, a virtue ethics approach would condemn prostitution since paying for a sexual favor, without any aspect of love involved, would not be considered virtuous. Key virtuous figures in society would not remove the prestigious intrinsic value of sex by paying for a random stranger to perform sexual acts for them. The entire aspect of love would be removed from the equation, making sex unethical. Similarly, deontology would also condemn prostitution since the action itself of paying for sex would not be considered good. Personally I believe that the utilitarianism approach is best since all of society would benefit, rather than judging an action based on the virtues embedded in it. In my opinion, ethical actions should be measured by positive benefits to society and not the root of the action.