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Prostitution: Legalise it and regulate it!

Thursday, June 06, 2019

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Let me start by declaring that I am a Christian. I was born into a Christian family. As a baby my parents had me baptised in an Anglican Church and I was raised in it during my early childhood years. Currently, I am affiliated with another religious community and hold the teachings of the Bible dear to my heart.

Against this background, let me say that I could argue that many wives are equivalent to prostitutes. Why? Many women marry men solely because of their money. There is no love on the part of the woman; to her it is simply a quid pro quo relationship in which she gives her favours in exchange for money and the things that money can buy.

When I consider that prostitution is an old profession that has been around for thousands of years I find it remarkable that it continues to survive notwithstanding its opposition by governments, Christians, et al. The continuation of this trade tells me that this type of economic service is in demand and that these demands are being met by members of the human family called prostitutes.

Like other economic activities, prostitution plays an important role in meeting the demands and satisfying the desires of its customers. Its value is not less than that of hairdressers or barbers, and one could even argue that its therapeutic value is far greater than many other services. There are those who will argue that marriage is a critical pillar of any society and that prostitution, as a service, has played its part in saving many marriages. The profession is an ancient and present reality and there is no rational reason to believe that it will become obsolete at any time in the future. It is conceivable that technological developments could eventually provide humanity with alternatives, but I believe that many consumers will still have a taste for the organic.

So, would it be wise for governments to decriminalise it and tax it? I think so.

Not only would governments earn revenue but they would impact positively on health programmes. Revenues would flow to governments from earnings and annual licences, which would be valid only if quarterly fitness or wellness certificates have not expired.

Being even-handed is an important hallmark of good governance, and as such the laws of a country should reflect this characteristic. As a Christian, I recognise that the world is not a Christian place and that there are diverse religious beliefs, and many that are not religious at all. Should I expect non-Christians to dress, speak, behave, or think the way that I do? No! Therefore, even though as a Christian I hold that prostitution is a sin, I recognise that some will have different value systems. Should a Christian nation force its values on non-Christians? Should a Christian nation force its value of Sunday as a day of worship on others or force others to accept that prostitution is a sin? I don't think so.

I am reminded of the words of Jesus, the Christ, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” What do I want others to do to me? I want them to allow me to have the freedom to live my life in a way that is consistent with my beliefs. What should I do to them? I should allow them the freedom to live their lives the way that they want to do — providing they do not harm others.

Prostitution does not harm me; how about you? Does it bother you, or the Government, if someone pays to get his or her nails manicured? If not, then why should it bother you, or any Government, if consenting adults want to buy or sell sex?

In my mind, it is none of my business. If a person wants to use his or her body for gain, why should it bother anyone? Do governments own the bodies of prostitutes? If not, why is it a problem if adults consent with other adults to use their bodies for money? Do models use their bodies for monetary gain? Is that a problem for you?

I tell you the truth, none of the above is my business. I am struggling to understand the logic that says I can be intimate with a prostitute, or any willing woman, providing it is free; but if that woman says, “Pay me”, it becomes illegal.

Legalise it and regulate it!

hugh_beckford@yahoo.com


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