Last updated on: 6/30/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

US Department of State Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“State attempts to regulate prostitution by introducing medical check-ups or licenses don’t address the core problem: the routine abuse and violence that form the prostitution experience and brutally victimize those caught in its netherworld. Prostitution leaves women and children physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually devastated. Recovery takes years, even decades – often, the damage can never be undone.”

“The Link Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking,” U.S. Department of State website, Nov. 24, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Department of State advises the President in the formulation and execution of foreign policy and promotes the long-range security and well-being of the United States. The Department determines and analyzes the facts relating to American overseas interests, makes recommendations on policy and future action, and takes the necessary steps to carry out established policy. In so doing, the Department engages in continuous consultations with the American public, the Congress, other U.S. departments and agencies, and foreign governments; negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign nations; speaks for the United States in the United Nations and other international organizations in which the United States participates; and represents the United States at international conferences.”

“U.S. Government Manual,” U.S. Government Printing Office website (accessed Nov. 20, 2007)

Mission:

“Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.”

“Mission,” U.S. Department of State website (accessed Feb. 5, 2007)

Other:
Government organization
Quoted in:
  1. What Is Human Trafficking?
  2. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  3. Does Legal Prostitution Lead to Human Trafficking and Slavery?