Day: October 27, 2010

Ever Considered Legalizing Sex Trade?

Sex trade is a flourishing industry that continues to thrive despite the current economic recession. As of 2006, the State Department believes as many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Most women are trafficked into the United States from developing countries and end up in prostitution traps because of abysmal poverty, poor law enforcement, lack of education and few alternative opportunities. In order to prevent the mistreatment of prostitutes and taxing the profits generated by this lucrative industry, policymakers have considered legalizing sex trade. They argue that if sex trade is legalized, then prostitutes would not be persuaded into one-sided contracts and would be provided full disclosure of their job description before they decide to work for a certain agent. In case the contract is not upheld, the prostitute can challenge the agent into court. Prostitutes can formally unionize if they are legal, and this way they can exert more pressure on the agent to uphold the contract. By legalizing prostitution it can be monitored and controlled. Prostitutes can come under the protection of law if their physical or emotional rights are abused. Clients would be careful about their treatment of the prostitutes. The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases could be greatly reduced if the government provided incentive for protected sex and medical aid can be made available to prostitutes. Additionally, by...

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Because Severed Limbs Don’t Grow Back

I was struck with an intense searing heat followed by a wet sensation over my foot. I looked down and saw the top three-quarters of my right foot hanging almost parallel to my heel by a flap of skin and boot leather — that is when the pain started. It has been three and a half years, over a dozen surgeries, and hundreds of hours of physical therapy since a terrorist-thrown grenade took my right leg. Now I walk around the 40-acre University of Texas campus without a noticeable limp, thanks to my physical therapists and the latest in prosthetic technology. As an amputee, I am one of the lucky ones because I have access to the best prosthetics money can buy at no cost to me. For those lucky enough to have a knee, the average prosthetic costs between $3,000 and $5,000. For others not so fortunate, the price jumps to over $10,000 on average, and that is without the bells and whistles (motorized knees, rotational feet, shocks, etc.). These numbers pale in comparison to the price of my “Renegade 2” foot which costs more than the average below-knee prosthetic leg. The grand total for my entire below-knee prosthetic is over $12,000, or three times greater than a basic below-knee prosthetic. There is no way I, a middle-class American, could pay for this without help from the U.S....

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