Prostitution won’t help fix joblessness

2015-10-01 06:00

As mothers and parents we are naturally very unhappy after reading about the government’s plans to legalize prostitution.

Talk of legalizing prostitution first reared its head on the advent of 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament.We collected 50 000 signatures from people who were totally opposed to this idea.

If the people of South Africa did not want prostitution then, they do not want it now, and we cannot believe that our leaders are even thinking of trying to go ahead with this again when the people do not want it.

We also fought very hard against human trafficking and the law was changed. Now it seems that people want the number one reason for human trafficking to become legal.

We have read all of the reasons why these people say that we should make it legal to be a prostitute – but they do not make any sense to us at all.

These people say that to work as a prostitute is actually a real job. Does that mean that when our children grow up they can decide that they would like to be a prostitute if they cannot find a job doing some other work? There is so much unemployment that soon half the country will be working as prostitutes!

They say that it would help to stop HIV. We are not doctors but we don’t know how this could be possible as we know that prostitutes have caused thousands of people to be infected with HIV, even women who did not know that their husbands were going to prostitutes and were infected, or daughters that were abused. What about people who have been raped by men who go to prostitutes because they do not have money to pay for what they want. Even grandmothers have been raped! So many people in South Africa have already died from HIV or are busy dying now, and it seems as if these people want even more to die.

We have helped young girls, and even some men, who used to work as prostitutes. We know the reasons that they are forced to sell their body in the first place; like drugs and poverty. Why don’t we do something to fix the problems that are making our children turn to prostitution and sell themselves to others to make money for drugs and even to buy food? What will happen to the children of these prostitutes and if so many women are working as prostitutes we will have even more abortions in our country than ever before.

The parents and people of South Africa do not want this terrible thing in our communities. We still don’t know why people are coming from other countries to tell us what we should do here in South Africa, in our own home. We do not want our sons and daughters to become prostitutes or to die from going to prostitutes, because they were told that prostitution is safe and legal

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