KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Crimes Against Public Order and Morality: Prostitution
2.11 crimes against public order and morality: Prostitution
Should Prostitution Be Decriminalized?
Learning Objectives
  • Know the law regulating prostitution.
  • Understand the difference as defined by Amnesty International between criminalization, legalization, and decriminalization of prostitution.
  • Understand Amnesty International’s position on decriminalization of prostitution.
  • List the arguments by various groups against Amnesty International’s advocacy of decriminalization of prostitution.

Support Decriminalization of Prostitution

Q&A: Policy to Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers (Amnesty International)

Oppose Decriminalization of Prostitution

Public Statement: Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment (SPACE International)

Public Statement: Sex Trafficking Survivors United (STSU)

Introduction

Prostitution is defined as engaging in sexual acts or soliciting sexual activity in exchange for money or other items of value. The distinguishing characteristic of prostitution (sex work) is the exchange of, offer to exchange, or ...

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