Should prostitution be legalised??

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Should prostitution be legalised?

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  1. ppgj

    ppgj Senior Member Senior Member

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    Legalise prostitution if you can't curb it: SC to Centre

    Agencies
    Posted: Dec 09, 2009 at 1936 hrs IST

    New Delhi In a significant remark, the Supreme Court asked the Centre whether it can legalise prostitution if it is not practically possible to curb the world's oldest profession with punitive measures.

    "When you say it is the world's oldest profession and when you are not able to curb it by laws, why don't you legalise it? You can then monitor the trade, rehabilitate and provide of medical aid to those involved in the trade," a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A K Patnaik told Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam.

    The apex court said legalising sex trade would be a better option to avoid trafficking of women and said nowhere in the world has the trade been curbed by punitive measures.

    "They (sex trade) have been operating in one way or the other and nowhere in the world have they been able to curb it by legislation. In some cases, they are carried out in a sophisticated manner. So why don't you legalise it?" the apex court said, to which the Solicitor General said he would look into it.

    The apex court's remarks came while dealing with a PIL filed by an NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the intervention application moved by Childline complaining about large scale child trafficking in the country.

    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-...n-if-you-can--t-curb-it--SC-to-Centre/552045/
     
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    India court raises question of legalising prostitution
    Page last updated at 05:51 GMT, Thursday, 10 December 2009

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    There are more than two million sex workers in India

    India's Supreme Court has asked the government to consider whether it might legalise prostitution if it is unable to curb it effectively.

    The court said legalising prostitution would help in the monitoring of the trade and rehabilitating sex workers.

    Although illegal, prostitution is a thriving business in cities and towns across India.

    It is estimated that there are more than two million female sex workers in the country.

    The court's remarks came while dealing with a public interest litigation filed by an NGO about child trafficking.

    The court said child trafficking and prostitution were flourishing because of poverty.

    "When you say it is the world's oldest profession and you are not able to curb it by laws, why don't you legalise it?" Judges Dalveer Bhandari and AK Patnaik asked a government solicitor.

    "You can then monitor the trade, rehabilitate and provide medical aid to those involved."

    The solicitor said that he would look into the court's suggestions.

    "The [sex workers] have been operating in one way or the other and nowhere in the world have they been able to curb it by legislation," the judges said.

    "In some cases, [the trade] is carried out in a sophisticated manner. So, why don't you legalise it?"

    A government-commissioned study says that the number of sex workers has risen from two million in 1997 to three million in 2003-04.

    Many prostitutes are said to be underage, entering the sex trade as young as 12.

    Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal states together account for 26% of the total number of prostitutes in the country.

    BBC News - India court raises question of legalising prostitution
     
  4. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    Yes, it is better to legalize prostitution and as it gives the govt. to control and monitor it through licenses to the brothels or the individuals under specific set of rules. This will make sure that the people can be tracked and prevalence of HIV and other STDs can be checked and controlled. Any person or organization flouting the rules laid by govt. should be severely punished to deter misusing of such licenses.
     
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    F-14 Global Defence Moderator Senior Member

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    i agree with DD it is more good to legalize the oldest profession known to man
     
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    this can also reduce trafficking and other illegal activities and also police corruption share gained from these prostitutions .
     
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    I am sure the moral police will get cranked up, but this is a good move. It happens in spite of it being illegal. The very people who will come up and protest must have gone to satisfy themselves at some point. Legalizing it is not going to increase or decrease the number of people who go to prostitutes. If someone wants to go, he will go regardless.

    Also i dont think that this will reduce trafficing and in fact it can lead to increase in organized and syndicated prostitution as there will be no one to stop a legal trade. It can work if each and everyone in the trade is issued some kind of a trade license and is thoroughly vetted to see if they have not been forced into the trade.
     
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    This is a very good move. This is the oldest profession in the world and has survived countless moves to stop it.

    An idea make GB road like the red light area of Amstredam, which has become a big tourist attraction now.
     
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    Kudos to the Supreme Court. Absurd regressive laws need to be quashed.

    Prostitution should be "tolerated" not "legalised". It should also fall under the purview of NGOs imho; otherwise exploitation would only increase.

    @Sob,
    Not possible. GB road is one of the largest wholesale market of Delhi. (pun if any unintended).
     
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    Making legal or putting a ban does not matter if the set of rules can not be implemented with iron hand. Our main problem is sex trafficking- bringing girls in this profession against their wish. Many girls are forced to choose this profession due to circumstances. Even talking about putting ban on prostitution is meaningless if we can not find alternatetive professions for those who are in this trade. Again legalize it just because we can not stop it by setting up laws is another joke. Rubbery, murders, raape etc also have not been stopped though there are severe laws against these crimes. It reminds me the story of Bakasura of Mahabharata. The villagers could not stand against him, so they decided to supply him one human being everyday until Bhima, the great warrior put an end to it. Here also we are ready to sacrifice the girls ( of course when they are sisters and daughters of other people) to appease the sexual desires of those who need it just because we can not stop it. How many of us are ready to see our own sisters or daughters to be in this legalized profession? It is a fact more than 90% of women in this profession never wished to end up as a prostitute. We can not provide any alternative to them; we can not stop trafficking of innocent girls, so we need to succumb, because there is need for them.
    Even if prostitution is legalized there must be severe laws against trafficking and those must be implemented with iron hand. Efforts must be made to empower the women of the country to be self depended. Then it would not matter much whether it is legal or illegal.
     
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    Legalization of prostitution will not have any effect on illegal trafficking. The law, if it comes into effect, will only provide better awareness among sex workers about HIV and other STDs as they can be monitored by govt. Now it is not possible because prostitution is illegal and govt. cannot do anything in monitoring their health and creating awareness in them about sex related diseases. Illegal prostitution is one of big reason for AIDS epidemic in India.

    Illegal trafficking is due to lowly economic conditions of the families of the girls and are easy pray for human traffickers. Everything boils down to poverty, lack of educations and lack of awareness. As the conditions improve in the country, illegal trafficking will also see the decline.
     
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    a comprehensive article which looks at prostitution, laws and way forward. must read.

    Prostitution in India

    The problem of “Prostitution” an Indian perspective

    A prostitute is a person, "who allows her body to be used for lewd purposes in return for payment". Prostitution is the sale of sexual services, such as oral sex or sexual intercourse, for money. Prostitution the word itself speaks about the plight of a women .It is not a problem which exists in India but exists throughout the world. Prostitution was a part of daily life in ancient Greece .In the more important cities, and particularly the many ports, it employed a significant proportion of the population and represented one of the top levels of economic activity. In the ancient city of Heliopolis in Syria, there was a law that stated that every maiden should prostitute herself to strangers at the temple of Astarte.

    In Armenia the noblest families dedicated their daughters to the service of the goddess Anaitis in her temple at Acilisena.In ancient India prostitutes have been referred as to devdasis. Originally, devadasi were celibate dancing girls used in temple ceremonies and they entertained members of the ruling class. But sometime around the 6th Century, the practice of "dedicating" girls to Hindu gods became prevalent in a practice that developed into ritualized prostitution. Devadasi literally means God’s (Dev) female servant (Dasi), where according to the ancient Indian practice, young pre-pubertal girls are ‘married off’, ‘given away’ in matrimony to God or Local religious deity of the temple. The marriage usually occurs before the girl reaches puberty and requires the girl to become a prostitute for upper-caste community members. Such girls are known as jogini. They are forbidden to enter into a real marriage. The system of devadasi started only after the fall of Buddhism and records about them start appearing around 1000 A.D. [Bharatiya Sanskruti Kosh, IV, 448]. It is viewed that the Devadasi`s are the Buddhist nuns who were degraded to the level of prostitutes after their temples were taken over by Brahmins during the times of their resurgence after the fall of Buddhism. According to the 1934 Devadasi Security Act, this practice is banned in India.

    This ban was reinforced again in 1980s but the law is broken every day. Poverty and ‘Untouchablity’ contribute to the persistence of this terrible practice. Reference to dancing girls in temples is found in Kalidasa's "Meghadhoot". The popularity of devadasis seems to have reached its pinnacle around 10th and 11th century CE. The rise and fall in the status of devadasis can be seen to be running parallel to the rise and fall of Hindu temples. The devdasi system was mostly prevalent in southern India and it reached its height during the Chola Empire. Though government has taken adequate steps in order to combat with the problem of devdasi, even the devdasi prohibition act was not fully successful in solving the problem in India. Most important reason still being poverty, ignorance and hunger which are forcing them to this kind of exploitation. Now this was the old story or the beginning of prostitution apart from these there is also references of prostitution in Kama sutra written by Vatsyayana sometime between the second and fourth centuries A.C.E.

    India is home today to Asia's largest red-light district--Mumbai's infamous Kamathipura, which originated as a massive brothel for British occupiers and shifted to a local clientele following Indian independence. The Mughal Empire (1526 -1857) also witnessed prostitution the word “tawaif” and mujra became common during this era. During the Mughal era in the subcontinent (1526 to 1857) prostitution had a strong nexus with performing arts. Mughals patronized prostitution which raised the status of dancers and singers to higher levels of prostitution. King Jahangir’s harem had 6,000 mistresses which denoted authority, wealth and power. Even during the British era prostitution flourished the famous kamathipura a red light area in Bombay was built during this era for the refreshment of British troops and which was later taken over by Indian sex workers.

    The prostitution continued from ancient and medieval india and has taken a more gigantic outlook in modern india, the devdasi system still continues ,according to a report of National Human Rights Commission of the Government of India,” after initiation as devadasis, women migrate either to nearby towns or other far-off cities to practise prostitution”. The practice of dedicating devadasis was declared illegal by the Government of Karnataka in 1982 and the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1988. However the practice is still prevalent in around 10 districts of north Karnataka and 14 districts in Andhra Pradesh. Districts bordering Maharashtra and Karnataka, known as the "devadasi belt," have trafficking structures operating at various levels. The women here are in prostitution either because their husbands deserted them, or they are trafficked through coercion and deception. Many are devadasi dedicated into prostitution for the goddess Yellamma.

    Causes of prostitution:

    · Ill treatment by parents.
    · Bad company.
    · Family prostitutes.
    · Social customs.
    · inability to arrange marriage,
    · Lack of sex education, media.
    · Prior incest and rape.
    · Early marriage and desertion.
    · Lack of recreational facilities, ignorance, and acceptance of prostitution.
    · Economic causes include poverty and economic distress.
    · Psychological causes include desire for physical pleasure, greed, and dejection.

    Notorious red light districts of India include GB Road in Delhi, Sonagachi in Kolkata, Kamathipura in Mumbai, Budhwar Peth in Pune and Reshampura in Gwalior. There are around 2.8 million prostitutes in the country and their number is increasing, as informed by Lok Sabha. Most of the girls are brought from Nepal and Bangladesh. ''Young girls are trafficked from Nepal to brothels in Mumbai and Kolkata at an average age of twelve. They are trapped into the vicious cycle of prostitution, debt and slavery. By the time they are in their mid-twenties, they are at the dead end. In modern India different kinds of prostitution is prevailing apart from prostitutes in brothel there are:

    · Street prostitutes
    · Bar dancers
    · Call girls
    · Religious prostitutes
    · Escort girls
    · Road side brothel
    · Child prostitutes
    · Fricatrice prostitutes
    · Gimmick prostitutes
    · Beat prostitutes

    Every hour, four women and girls in India enter prostitution, three of them against their will.

    Prostitution is a problem in itself and child prostitution is making it more complex. Quoting a study on 'Girls/Women in prostitution in India', Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said that out of the total number of prostitutes in the country, 35.47 per cent entered the trade before the age of 18 years. Though in cases like Gaurav jain vs. Union of India [1]direction where given for the upliftment of prostitutes and establishment of the juvenile home for the children’s of prostitutes.

    Laws related to prostitution in India:

    Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girl Act -1956
    Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act-1956
    Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act-1956

    The Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1956 ("ITPA"), the main statute dealing with sex work in India, does not criminalise prostitution or prostitutes per se, but mostly punishes acts by third parties facilitating prostitution like brothel keeping, living off earnings and procuring, even where sex work is not coerced.

    Section3. Punishment for keeping a brothel or allowing premises to be used as a brothel.
    (1) Any person who keeps or manages, or acts or assists in the keeping or management of, a brothel, shall be punishable on first conviction with rigorous imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than three years and also with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees and in the event of a second or subsequent to conviction with rigorous imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than five years and also with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees.

    (2) A any person who, -

    (a) Being the tenant, lessee, occupier or person in charge of any premises, uses, or knowingly allows any other person to use, such premises or any part thereof as a brothel, or

    (b) Being the owner, lessor or landlord of any premises or the agent of such owner, lessor or landlord, lets the same or any part thereof with the knowledge that the same or any part thereof is intended to be used as a brothel, or is willfully a party to the use of such premises or any part thereof as a brothel, shall be punishable on first conviction with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and with fine which fine which may extend to two thousand rupees and in the event of a second or subsequent conviction, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and also with fine.

    (2-A) For the purposes of sub-section (2), it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that any person referred to in clause (a) or clause (b) of that subsection, is knowingly allowing the premises or any part thereof to be used as a brothel or, as the case may be, has knowledge that the premises or any part thereof are being used as a brothel, if, -

    (a) A report is published in a newspaper having circulation in the area in which such person resides to the effect that the premises or any part thereof have been found to be used for prostitution as a result of a search made under this Act; or

    (b) A copy of the list of all things found during the search referred to in clause (a) is given to such person.

    Section5. Procuring, inducing or taking person for the sake of prostitution.

    (1) Any person who-

    (a) Procures or attempts to procure a person whether with or without his/her consent, for the purpose of prostitution; or

    (b) Induces a person to go from any place, with the intent that he/she may for the purpose of prostitution become the inmate of, or frequent, a brothel; or

    (c) Takes or attempts to take a person or causes a person to be taken, from one place to another with a view to his/her carrying on, or being brought up to carry on prostitution; or

    (d) Causes or induces a person to carry on prostitution; shall be punishable on conviction with rigorous imprisonment for a term of not less than three years and not more than seven years and also with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, and if any offence under this sub-section is committed against the will of any person, the punishment of imprisonment for a term of seven years shall extend to imprisonment for a term of fourteen years:

    Provided that if the person in respect of whom an offence committed under this sub-section, -
    (i) Is a child, the punishment provided under this sub-section shall extend to rigorous imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years but may extend to life; and
    (ii) Is a minor; the punishment provided under this sub-section shall extend to rigorous imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years and not more than fourteen years.

    So it can be seen that both the sections namely section 3 and section 5 punishes only the acts of the 3rd party and same does the other sections in the Act and so new legislation shall be passed as to punish the client who are visiting the prostitutes.

    The prostitution leads to many health problems for the prostitutes like:

    · Cervical cancer
    · Traumatic brain injury
    · HIV
    · STD
    · Psychological disorders

    In a country like India where most of the people indulge themselves in unprotected sex with prostitutes it is very difficult to eradicate the problem of aids. Historically, the AIDS epidemic in India was first identified amongst sex workers and their clients, before other sections of society became affected. The sex workers are themselves taking steps to combat with aids in some brothels in India for example sonagachi a brothel in Kolkata; where the sex workers are insisting their clients for use of condoms in order to avoid aids. But in all the other brothels in India social workers and NGO`S are trying to acquaint the sex workers about the ill effects of AIDS and are insisting them for using condoms

    CASE STUDY

    Meena was married off at 12. Soon after she was taken to Delhi by her husband, where she found out that he was a pimp. In the last three years, she has serviced up to six clients a night. The major part of her earnings goes to pay rent on the little room; the rest goes to her husband. Maya, 10, was taken to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh by her aunt who was paid Rs 3 000. When she refused to have sex with a client, she was locked in a room for two days, scared with snakes and beaten unconscious. When she came around she was raped by the client. Four years on, Maya lives in the red-light area of Mumbai. Her two year old spends the night in a crèche run by a social service organization. When he was only a few Months old, she used to drug him and put him under her working cot.

    Steps that should be taken in order to fight with prostitution:

    # Formal education should be made available to those victims who are still within the school going age, while non-formal education should be made accessible to adults
    # The Central and State Governments in partnership with non-governmental organizations should provide gender sensitive market driven vocational training to all those rescued victims who are not interested in education
    # Rehabilitation and reintegration of rescued victims being a long-term Recruitment of adequate number of trained counsellors and social workers in institutions/homes run by the government independently or in collaboration with non-governmental organizations
    # Awareness generation and legal literacy on economic rights, particularly for women and adolescent girls should be taken up.
    # Adequate publicity, through print and electronic media including child lines and women help lines about the problem of those who have been forced into prostitution.
    # Culturally sanctioned practices like the system of devadasis, jogins, bhavins, etc. which provides a pretext for prostitution should be addressed suitably.

    Shall India legalize prostitution?

    Some people opine that prostitution shall be made legal in India and accept them as a part of society because the problem of prostitution is inevitable. The benefit of legalizing prostitution in India will be that atleast we will have a track record of Sexworkers as for example when dance bar in Bombay were closed most of the bar dancers migrated to Gujarat and Karnataka and other neighbouring state and started their business undercover. Legalising prostitution will see these women, who live life on the edge everywhere, gaining access to medical facilities, which can control the spread of AIDS. There is a very strong need to treat the sex industry as any other industry and empower it with legal safeguards. The practical implications of the profession being legal would bring nothing but benefits for sex workers and society as a whole. Keeping prostitution illegal also contributes to crime because many criminals view prostitutes and their customers as attractive targets for robbery, fraud, rape, or other criminal acts. The criminals realize that such people are unlikely to report the crimes to police, because the victims would have to admit they were involved in the illegal activity of prostitution when the attacks took place, now if it is legal then they will easily go and report this to police.

    Benifits of legalizing prostitution are:

    Legalization of prostitution and the sex industry will stop sex trafficking.
    Legalization of prostitution will control the sex industry.
    Legalization of prostitution will decrease clandestine, hidden, illegal and street prostitution.
    Legalization of prostitution will protect the women in prostitution as they will have rights.
    Women in systems of Prostitution want the sex industry legalized as they are the one who suffers the most as they don’t have any rights.
    Legalization of prostitution will promote women's health as they can have easy access to medical facilities which they don’t have when it is illegal.
    Recognizing prostitution as an economic activity, thus enabling women in India to obtain working permits as "sex workers".

    Conclusion

    Thus either India shall legalize prostitution which is the most suitable step that can be taken or shall make such deterrent laws as to curve up the problem of prostitution. Laws should not be such as to just remove the prostitutes but also to change the mentality of people who are interested in paid sex by punishing them in such a manner that people of same mentality will dare to indulge themselves in similar activities.

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    [1] AIR1997SC3021, 1997(2)ALD(Cri)199, 1997(2)Crimes40(SC), JT1997(6)SC305, 1997(4)SCALE657, (1997)8SCC114, [1997]Supp2SCR105

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    Soham DFI TEAM Senior Member

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    No it should not be.
    As simple as that.
     
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    yes this ritual was existing till late 80s in the town of saudatti. but now has been eliminated by tough govt action after major hue and cry by the people of karnataka.
    infact there was a kannada movie based on this called 'betthele seve' - meaning, naked service which also contributed to effective govt action.
     
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    Because its going to create ten times more problems than it would solve(which I presume would be countering absolute poverty in some regions).

    1. It will lead to one heck of an influx of HIV+ population.
    2. There are alternate careers that can be promoted if the govt. is so concerned.
    3. This is not going to make the slightest difference in trafficking.
    4. I don't understand how it will "control" the sex industry.
    5. Cultural or superstitious evidence is no justification to legalization.

    However,
    I do agree that medical facilities should not be restricted for such workers.
     
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    This decision is like trying to clean the eye with a needle because a speck of dirt has fallen into it...

    Legalising prostitution will create more problems that it can solve(hypothetically):

    #As Gandhiji said, lets first see what will be the impact of such legislations on the poorest people first. The poor guys in India, generally, labours(agricultural or industrial) tend to spend most of their money on vices like drinking booze or smoking beedi or gutka..etc. Now, if these vices could economically suck out a poor labour family, imagine what havoc could be cause if those labours are hooked on to prostitues. The families would be broken. There could be rise in domestic violence.

    #Since, prostitution is legal, more and more people could be attracted to this vice and destroy their lives and of their families. Also, since it is legal, more and more players will enter the industry of prostitution. There is bound to be human trafficking to satisfy the demand.

    #HIV spreads. Unprotected sex will be rampant in rural prostitutions which will sprout everywhere if they are made legal. But as usual, like everything else in India, there would not be any sufficient thought given to regulations. Rampant unprotected sex will lead to rampant spread of HIV. Even if condoms are made freely available, there is no guarantee that they will be used by the rural customers(for that matter, even the urban ones). If one person get HIV this way, then his whole family's life is destroyed.

    #If a society confers validity over prostitution, it directly affects the quality of marital life and that directly affects the quality of society.

    Govt on the contrary must find ways to reduce the prostitution, at the same time, try to improve the lives of Prostitutes by teaching them self-employable skills which are productive for society and nation.
     
  17. Daredevil

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    HIV+ has already reached epic proportions because current sex workers who are in illegal prostitution are not well aware of spreading of HIV and unknowingly spreading it to others. By making it legal, govt. can create awareness about HIV and other STDs and thus can minimize the spreading of HIV.

    This profession is chosen either forcefully or for money. Govt. is still unable to take care of rampant poverty but you think they will be able to generate alternate employment for them???. Its a red-herring IMO.

    True. Both are disconnected.

    Govt. was anyhow unable to control the present illegal prostitution. By legalizing the prostitution, you can create awareness among sex workers, provide health benefits when they are ill, provide rehabilitation when they want to leave this profession etc. If it remains illegal, sex workers lose all such benefits and are left to their own devices which in most cases is dismal.

    See above point.
     
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    would be an utterly stupid move and not just immoral from the cultural point of view.The move will make no difference to the lives of people who are the real victims of this system.

    The honorable courts should stick to their brief and leave such matters to the representative bodies.
     
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    Soham DFI TEAM Senior Member

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    I don't think awareness against AIDS will be accompanied with legalization.
    How can it ? Legalization is a simple act of legislature, creating awareness against AIDS isn't.

    On the other hand, whatever paranoia exists against prostitution will disappear leading to more transmission of the virus.

    Agreed. And for the very same reason, the woman will rather be a labour(in the Rs.100/day schemes) or part of some cottage industry.
    Its obviously not going to be easy, but currently, there's hardly any effort whatsoever towards creating more self-reliance.


    As I stated in my previous post, health benefits should not be denied to them.
    And they anyway are free to leave their profession whenever they want.

    The Govt. might as well add incentives to some other domestic/cottage industry to get them out of this work. Legalizing won't quite be connected with awareness, especially in India.
     
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    johnee Elite Member Elite Member

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    Great points, just thought reiterating would be beneficial. :D
     
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    Shamefully India is now in number one position in sex trafficking. Thousands are girls against their will are brought in prostitution (Even from Nepal and Bangladesh). Now think about one thing – can we allow any profession as legal one where most of the workers (they want to give it the designation of sex worker) are actually slaves. Our problem is not whether there is prostitution or not. Problem is sex trafficking. Even when it is not legalized nothing could stop us to be number one. Now making it legal not only legalize the profession but give a boost to those who are involved in trafficking. If government concentrates on creating jobs for rural women and if efforts are made to empower the women to be self defended, the rush of girls from our villages towards the cities in search of more earnings can be curbed. Thus the number of girls who are soft target for traffickers will reduce to some extent.

    A stamp on prostitution will be no help in fighting AIDS. Rather it will deteriorate the situation as there will be more people in the trade (both ways- prostitutes and customers).
    It is not logical that the authorities will be very active against AIDS only when it will be legalized. They are sleeping today and tomorrow they will sleep too.

    The thing I most dislike that the reason for legalizing it- we could not stop it by laws, so make it legal. Have we stopped all other crimes- rubbery, murders, rape etc? What about legalizing pilferage until unemployment problem is totally resolved?

    It is a problem in our country that instead of taking arduous path of solving a issue we take unproven shortcut Instead of pondering on whether to legalize prostitution or not we should try to do something that will really help those poor women.A
     

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