Friday, November 09, 2007

Legalizing prostitution















Members of the Women's Institute (WI) in Hampshire have said they want to see brothels
legalised in the UK.

Legalising prostitution will remain problematic in many countries as this will be against their upheld cultural values. It will mean encouraging sexual freedom as a trade whereby the body is the item. Prostitutes are still a source of shame to their families. In some Middle Eastern countries women (married or unmarried) are killed for the family’s honour just because they seen or suspected of having an affair. In such countries, prostitutes should at least practise their profession away from home. In the Gulf States like Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, there seems to be a shortage of local prostitutes, so prostitutes are imported from other Arab countries like Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. Some women go there of their own free will. Others are lured in going there by being offered in their home countries jobs like maids, hairdressers or waitresses to find themselves trapped into a prostitution network. Ironically, these countries posing as conservative and even strictly Islamic never officially admit such practices or they have thousands of prostitutes, especially from Arab and Asian countries.

Legalising prostitution in countries where sexual freedom is taken for granted needs other legal measures, like prostitutes displaying different prices for their different services, declaring their income, and getting social security like anyone practising a trade legally. They can be self-employed or create an association that can grow into a big company. We may hear in the future of prostitution international conferences where prostitutes exchange experiences on how to make their work more appealing. But one of the drawbacks of this profession is that the majority of prostitutes have to retire in their early forties, a relatively early age. Not being skilled in any work they will have to live on a pension and/or the money they have saved from their trade.

If this job is legalised, it means it won’t be criminal to deal with it as a trade. This means there will be qualification centres for prostitution giving would-be prostitutes advice on how to practise their trade safely without running the risk of falling into the paws of networks that will exploit them without guaranteeing them any rights.

One last point, society shouldn’t continue to be hypocritical about this issue. Prostitution is one of the most lucrative trades. Without which many services can’t operate like tourism, hotels, and bars and so on. Prostitution is a fact. No legislation has so far succeeded in fighting it altogether. It’s there around us. Prostitutes are in the corner or simply on the internet. They have developed their means to attract their clients. But societies like to keep this hypocritical attitude in the hope that one day it will be totally eradicated. But as long as sexual conduct – such as adultery - hasn’t changed despite time and different aspects of civilisation, prostitution will be there. Societies which have accepted same sex marriage, doesn’t penalize incest, should be more forward and legalize prostitution. After all, legalizing it will not necessarily mean an increase in the number of prostitutes, but it will transparently reflect a trend still regarded as a taboo. As any other job, it needs people with orientation for it.

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