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South Africa Wants to Give Green Light to Red Light District

Even though prostitution obviously goes well with soccer, religious groups and government opposition parties disagree with South Africa's plan to legalize sex-for-sale before the 2010 World Cup.

The Durban municipal government wants to legalize the red light district, and make access to "services" safe and easy. Those in favor argue that Germany opened popular adult entertainment centers for World Cup 2006. Some resisted that decision too, including the Vatican who lamented the fact that that women "cost less than ticket to a soccer game."

South African religious groups say the current plan goes against the word of God, and many worry about a greater transmission of AIDS. Opposition parties worry that once it's legal, it will remain so after the World Cup. That point makes a lot of sense — if the government approves it one day, how can they say it's a dangerous crime the next?

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BeatBoxANNI BeatBoxANNI 9 years
Yes, Africa let's spread the AIDS around even more. Prostitution shouldn't be legal anywhere in the world. No go, South Africa.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I think prostitution is illegal for the same reason incest and polygamy are: it makes people feel really icky.
emmebeth emmebeth 9 years
Maybe I am dense, but aside from religious and moral beliefs (both of which are personal), why is prostitution illegal? As far as I can see, there are only "pros" to legalizing prostitution. - More control enforced by laws to protect prostitutes and customers - No more pimps (who often abuse, rape, and rob the women who "work" for them) - Prostitutes are better able to defend themselves if raped because they aren't scared to go to the police
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
The article makes it sound a little as if prostitution was legalized in Germany just for the World Cup, in fact it has been legal much longer than that. I'm glad it is, too, because 1. strange as it sounds, there are actually women who choose this "job" and even like doing it and 2. (and more importantly) it is actually a good way to battle forced prostitution, because women don't have to be afraid to contact the police.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Maybe those women are just lazy. We should send them all to "re-education camps... Just Kidding
lovelie lovelie 9 years
my gosh i can't spell to save my life! *ramifications
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
"And until women stop prostituting themselves, we should at least make it safe for them." What about the REASONS that these women are reduced to prostituting themselves? (lack of education, jobs, skills???) The government should be addressing those issues to help these women out of this life of misery, not adding to it by legalizing it and saying it is OK!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I want to let everyone know that I have never brought any STD's to either my wife or my girlfriend...
lovelie lovelie 9 years
I agree hypno- making it legal may just backfire and more desperate women will turn to it because 1) it is easy tax free cash 2) they now will not have to worry about legal ramifcications. Not only that, it will further perpetuate the way women are viewed there (any many other places)--less than human.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Thanks for the clarification, Liberty.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
"I wonder if that woman in the photograph is really a prostitute. And if she is, why would we assume she was? It's sort of odd. I mean, that woman could be in any office building just going to work and BAM, she's the CS poster child of South African prostitution." Those were practically my exact thoughts as soon as I saw the picture and the headline. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hey everyone. According to the photo agency this woman was working as a prostitute at the time the picture was taken. I wasn't trying to make her the poster child of prostitution, just hoped to add a human side to the discussion. That's all. :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Toot toot yeah Beep Beep...Toot toot yeah Beep Beep...Bad girl...Talkin bout that bad bad girl yeah. Sorry I can't help myself it’s in the blood. Sound like these lovely ladies of the night need education and jobs and that's what the government of South Africa should be focused on. Making prostitution temporarily legal for the simple fact that the city will be decended upon by thousands of young, aggressive, testosterone hungry strong hot sweaty mens is ridiculous. It also sends a message to the women that we need to use you as government sanctioned entertainment for all of these men so would you please put out for our great city. Give me a break!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I wonder, when the government makes it legal, will they be able to tax it? Because that would be a huge source of revenue if the '06 World Cup in Germany is any indication.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Right, is that woman supposed to represent a prostitute? She looks a little tacky, but that doesn't mean she's for sale.
ashpie86 ashpie86 9 years
Wow. I've been to Durban, South Africa, and trust me, prostitution is out of control there. And many of these women want desperately to get out. Its a horrible, sad situation. And for the government to say its ok??? And I agree, if they say its ok for this one event, how are they going to turn around and say its NOT ok any other time?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"And until women stop prostituting themselves, we should at least make it safe for them." Agreed. Legalizing prostitution just for one specific event, however, is nonsensical.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I wonder if that woman in the photograph is really a prostitute. And if she is, why would we assume she was? It's sort of odd. I mean, that woman could be in any office building just going to work and BAM, she's the CS poster child of South African prostitution. And until women stop prostituting themselves, we should at least make it safe for them.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
I agree, NYFashionista- prostitution is a reality, and there's not much that we can do that will change it. What we can do is make it safer for the women, which is why having a dedicated space makes sense to me, including having police presence to prevent brutality & drug issues. (has anyone on here seen the great Canadian show DaVinci's Inquest? it's currently on in syndication here on one of the local channels, it's kinda like Law & Order, but Canadian {duh} and they've talked about this issue several times)
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
this is disgusting, what the point of legalizing it for this event!!! i am so peaved at this!!!
zeze zeze 9 years
I see that side of the argument as well, but I think the answer is harsher punishment for the men buying the prostitutes - not legalizing it and therefore encouraging the practice. Murder happens whether we like it or not too and a lot more of it would happen if it was ignores, legalized , or if the punishment wasn't so sever. IMO, with prostitution the punishment for the buyers doesn't fit the crime. Mostly to do with the history of the practice and the patriarchy that remains within society and it's laws - legalizing it would just take up back a century to the times it was perfectly normal for a man to use a woman the same way he uses a napkin.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
Although I'm inclined to agree with this "If they are worried about regulating STDs, i'm in the camp that says anyone who buys a prostitute deserves one or two diseases" often times, these men go home and give it to their wives/girlfriends.... I am morally against prostitution but I understand the argument for legalizing it. Prostitutes would be better protected. The sad reality is that prostitution will happen whether we like it or not (and whether it's legal or not).
zeze zeze 9 years
I don't think they should encourage prostitution at all! Regardless of how "safe" they can make it. It is a disgusting practice which demeans humanity by making women chattel and men animals who purchase women as they do chattel. If they are worried about regulating STDs, i'm in the camp that says anyone who buys a prostitute deserves one or two diseases.
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