Cities became the centers of industrial manufacturing and production, and they were quickly ravaged by disease and poverty.
The Progressive movement emphasized education and instituted new government controls over the activities of the general population.
They contend that decriminalization would also relieve the police of the costly and futile effort to stop an unstoppable practice. Supporters contend that this would allow the government to collect millions of dollars annually in taxes, reduce collateral crime, and protect the public from sexually transmitted diseases.
Proponents point to Nevada, where the use of brothels facilitates testing for diseases and reduces the number of street prostitutes.
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The act of offering one's self for hire to engage in sexual relations. Prostitution, historically and currently a trade largely practiced by women, was not a distinct offense in colonial America.
The only exception is Nevada, which permits brothels to operate in specific areas of the state.
However, modern feminist thought has developed other arguments against the removal of legal barriers to selling sex.
Many feminists have attacked the "career-choice" argument.
Other supporters of decriminalization and regulation challenge what they see as the paternalistic argument that women need to be protected from sexual exploitation.
This argument, they claim, is nonsensical because it means that to protect women from exploitation, society must imprison them for engaging in prostitution.
§ 2421 [as amended 1986] makes it a crime to transport a person in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of prostitution or for any other immoral purpose.