PROSTITUTION: Keep Prostitution Criminal
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In August 2002, the South African Law Commission (SALC) published an issue paper suggesting the legalisation of prostitution. You have till 31 October 2002 to influence them. Some cities are also talking about 'red light districts'. Why should we stop prostitution?
is not a 'victimless crime'.
is often not a 'free choice'
hurts ordinary people
· The Sexual Offences Act of 1988: outlaws: prostitution, pimping, indecent exposure, including men soliciting prostitutes (although few prosecuted). · Municipal by-laws against loitering and zoning regulations are used against prostitution. · We have very weak enforcement. Pro-prostitution lawyers use human rights legislation to undermine police.
Proposals by SA Law Commission
The SALC proposed three options: Legalisation (with restrictions such as 'red light districts'); decriminalisation (unrestricted prostitution); or enforcing the current law. Their report unfortunately strongly biased in favour of legal prostitution. See for yourself at: www.law.wits.ac.za/salc/issue/issue.html
Legalising prostitution would give more tax revenue for the government
· Martin Luther in an open letter to the German nobility asked in 1520 "how do many cities, towns and villages exist without such houses? Why should not great cities exist without them?" In response many of the cities of northern Europe were cleared of brothels. · The Salvation Army, in the nineteenth century fought under Bramwell Booth to clean up prostitution in England by political lobbying, journalism, petitions, public protest, evangelism and rehabilitation of prostitutes. The Salvation Army succeeded changing laws in many other countries. They even stopped forced prostitution in Japan despite their small numbers. Language
activists try to make selling sex sound acceptable by using the words
'sex-work' rather than 'prostitution'. We should avoid the trap of using
· Proverbs 6:26-27 "the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?" · Leviticus 19:29 "Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness." What can I do
Need men and women of courage to fight forces of organised crime. ·
Email the Law Commission at email@example.com or phone: (012) 322
6440 - Insist keep all aspects of prostitution criminal. Deadline is 31
October 2002. · Write to newspapers objecting advertising prostitutes
in classifieds. · Encourage local police to be tough on prostitution.
Report police on brothels - must find person to complain to. ·
Use economic pressure: report to banks; landlords etc - not allowed to
trade with illegal business. · Donations to welfare agencies rehabilitating
ex-prostitutes. · Lobby & encourage local councillors/ parliamentarians.
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