Society should not frown upon female sex workers

2015-04-29 14:08

THIS is becoming burdensome now. Every time a nimble pen is grabbed to address some social ill the pulse rises and the heartbeat becomes irregular.

There are many ways of earning an income, and most of them are referred to as either employment or self-employment (entrepreneurship).

The beautiful land has laws that govern these endeavours, hence some are considered legal while some are illegal.

Most fall between the clearly defined barrier lines X for example, one can be a self-employed like a street vendor selling fruit and vegetables, but one may not produce, acquire or sell, high schedule drugs without licence.

It is often easy for anyone with a dignified means of living to draw a hard and fast line to designate ‘means of living’ as either true and noble, or as unacceptable or illegal. One such unfortunate trade is prostitution or sex-work.

One only has to drive up Nelson Mandela Drive at night to see those ladies-of-the-night in all their splendour.

One can also drive (or walk) down Dr. Belcher Road through to R702 Dewetsdorp Road; turn right into the infamous Dinaweng Road that leads to the N6 to Kimberley.

Lo and behold, day and night they deck and adorn the roadsides with their sparkling presence scattered along a dusty foot path.

Society often chooses to quickly frown upon the plight of these ladies, unjustly so.

The entire community is responsible for relegating these, our sisters and daughters, to the outskirts of the corporate world, making them feel that their bodies are the only assets they have left to trade with.

With high levels of unemployment, the ever-increasing price of commodities and cost for services, what exactly does society expect of the unemployed?

This capitalist tendency of the general public to let the poor die so that the wealthy can enjoy their indulgences is appalling to say the least.

Women who use their bodies to earn their survival have equally as much right as do those who use other people while they themselves slumber.

Isn’t that what is done to mine and construction workers?

South Africa is not a socialist economy, so it is everybody for themselves out there.

Wouldn’t it be better, if every government official who holds more than one position, shed just one for an unemployed person?

Many people have dependents and yet they remain unemployed. A child does not want to know if the parent is employed or not.

The child does not care about the parent’s work ethics.

All the child wants is food and clothes, not sentiments.

To perpetuate and build on what our forefathers did, we climb boastfully into our subsidised cars and drive to these places where sex workers park to demand their ‘forbidden’ services, and pay for them.

“While we busk sheepishly in our pretentious high moral standards, let us hear their silent cries: Take fortress behind the wind; Wrap around a flickering flame; Lean against a tottering wall; Hold tight and let no go; for He comes”

The Hurricane.

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