Prostitution Destroys - God Restores
Legalising prostitution would be a national disaster
It is a lie that prostitution can be considered as “work” or as a “normal service industry”. 75% of prostitutes in escort agencies have attempted suicide. Prostitutes suffer from the same post-traumatic stress disorder as wartime combat veterans. Both experience acute anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, flashbacks and emotional numb ing. International studies show that between 65 percent and 90 percent of prostituted women were sexually abused by male relatives or acquaintances as girls. Many children, mainly girls, who are sexually exploited, are sold into prostitution at an early age by the men who abuse them. The average age for the entrance of girls into prostitution is 14 years old. According to a study in 2000 by the Dutch Institute of Social Sexological Research, 79 per cent of women in prostitution gave an indication that they were in prostitution due to some degree of force. Prostitution and illicit drug use and abuse go hand in hand, with most prostitutes turning to drugs and/or alcohol as a means of desensitisation, or drug addicts turning to prostitution to sustain their habit. Almost two-thirds (63%) of women working in street prostitution across three cities (Church et al 2001) reported their main reason for involvement in prostitution was to fund a drug habit, primarily heroin.
In Thailand, where prostitution is legal, there are more brothels than schools. 70% of Northern Thai girls over the age of 11 are recruited into the sex industry in Bangkok. In Asia today the child sex industry (which includes pornography) accounts for over US $2.4 billion per year. Holland, which also has legalised prostitution, produces some of the vilest baby porn imaginable. In Sydney, Australia, the Adult Business Association estimates the number of illegal sex services in the metropolitan area has blown out to exceed 400. “It's out of control,” association spokesman Chris Seage said.
Legalised sexual depravity in the form of pornography or prostitution only creates the market and desire for more perversion.
Iceland, Sweden and Norway have reversed prostitution legislation
- Sweden, Norway and Iceland have criminalised the “buyers” and pimps. Iceland has also banned strip clubs. The German government, as well as local authorities in cities in the Netherlands (notably Amsterdam), have conceded that the goals intended by the legislation have not been achieved. The Mayor of Amsterdam has admitted that organised crime dominates the industry in which sex trafficking, exploitation, drug abuse and money laundering is rife. One third of the brothel windows have been bought out and replaced with fashion boutiques. Permits have been withdrawn from dozens of sex businesses including the well known Yab Yum brothel and Casa Rosso Theatre who reportedly had links to organised crime. Rafts of new restrictions on other aspects of the sex trade are being introduced.Amsterdam and Rotterdam have closed down their Tippelzones (pickup areas). If South Africa considers legalising prostitution, it will be trying to replicate, with its already struggling bureaucratic administration, the failed experiments of other nations.
- In Sweden, where the “buyers” have been criminalized, and where prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children, the number of prostitutes has been effectively reduced. Street prostitution has all but disappeared in many Swedish cities and in Stockholm the number of women in street prostitution has been reduced by two thirds, with the number of “customers” down by 80%. Gone too, for the most part, are the renowned Swedish brothels and massage parlours, which proliferated during the last three decades of the twentieth century when prostitution in Sweden was legal. The number of foreign women now being trafficked into Sweden for sex is very small. The Swedish government estimates that in the last few years only 200 to 400 women and girls have been annually sex trafficked into Sweden, compared to the 15,000 to 17,000 females yearly sex trafficked into neighbouring Finland. No other country has duplicated Sweden's promising reversal.
By legalising prostitution:
- Government legitimises one of the grossest forms of the abuse of sex, women and children. Prostitu tion undermines the basic building block of society - the family.
- Prostitution mushrooms and more men get involved in prostitution as it gains false respectability through legalisation. Many more women and children are drawn in, many as sex slaves.
- The country becomes a tourist 'sex destination' and men flow into the country with their STDs & AIDS, looking for cheap sex. They abuse women and young boys and girls.
Ex- prostitutes say NO to legalisation
When Eve, an ex-prostitute, was asked what she thought about prostitution being legalised and seen as a 'normal service industry,' she said, 'No way can pros titution be seen as a job, because it destroys women!’ She said that if prostitution was legalised and turned into a 'service industry' she felt sure that the 'industry' would be taken over by international crime syndicates and these crime syndicate bosses would be given the cloak of respectability. She said that the public really needs to know what happens to prostituted women.
Ria Jacobs, counsellor at Straatwerk, a ministry that has worked with prostitutes for 43 years, says that the legalisation of prostitution would be the worst thing to happen. She says, "The girls and guys in prostitution are being tom apart. It damages their mind, body and emotions. They are not happy in prostitution so they turn to drugs or alcohol. There is almost always some substance abuse. Most come out of rape or abuse situations, which was a factor in them turning to prostitution in the first place. With the police no longer policing prostitution, we are seeing second-generation prostitutes, that is, when both mother and child are involved. Since the police stopped policing prostitution, the situation has got worse.”
A woman who has left prostitution as a result of Straatwerk's work, says prostitution must not be legalised because it is horrible. She says, “Even thinking about that lifestyle is horrible. Women get raped, drugged, physically abused and pushed into many things that they don't want to do. Many of them are like sex slaves. It hurts and you can't get a normal relationship or life.”
So why would government legalise something so destructive to women and the family? The Financial Mail (December 2000) reported that the SA Revenue Service, in an effort to broaden SA's tax base, is looking for ways to tax prostitution. When this happens, government effectively becomes a PIMP.
The answer also lies in more than just the fact that this trade in women’s bodies stands to make crime syndicates, sex traffickers and corrupt officials millions of rands.
Fundamentally, it is yet another attempt by our nation to throw off another “safety belt” of God’s Law. Many men are rejecting the responsibility of marriage and family and want to legitimise the worship of sexual pleasure.
Prostitution is more than an industry whose principal motivation is an opportunistic attempt to capitalize on man’s baser urges. Prostitution is a necessary consequence of a specific worldview, a humanistic view of man and his relationship to the world, a perspective that guides and shapes his perceptions of his origin and place in the world. Those who peddle prostitutes for gain may defend their right to do so and perhaps protest that their “product” is harmless and/or victimless. However, those who believe in this perverse worldview go much further than its mere defense – they justify it as essential to true freedom and consequently vilify Christian ethics as the true evil (Adapted from “Noble Savages” by RJ Rushdoony).
This law has not been passed yet, so now is the time to take a stand. If we don’t want to see South Africa plunged into even further pagan darkness, then we all need to play our part in “speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8).
What you can do to stop prostitution from being legalised in South Africa
The South African Law Reform Commission received thousands of submissions from concerned citizens, the majority of whom want the entire sex industry to be criminalised. The SALRC is now embarking on a lengthy process of acknowledging every submission before making recommendations to the Minister of Justice. A Bill will be drafted probably only in 2011. The Justice Portfolio Parliamentary Committee will then begin deliberations on the Bill. Public hearings on the Bill will then be held countrywide. However, we need to get information to Members of Parliament before then.
The Family Policy Institute has compiled a fact-based booklet on Why Prostitution Must Not Be Decriminalised or Legalised in South Africa. Download the booklet from www.familypolicyinstitute.com or call: 021- 462 7888 to obtain a copy.
Contact Members of Parliament, particularly the Chairman of the Justice Portfolio Parliamentary Committee, Mr. N A Ramatlhodi to register your opposition to any moves to decriminalize prostitution. We also need to be urging the state to enforce the law and prosecute pimps.
Contact details of MPs can be found here: www.info.gov.za/faq/contact.htm or by contacting the Parliament switchboard: 021- 4033 826.
Emails followed-up by phone calls asking them if they have read your letter would be effective.
Identify other influential organizations and individuals and arrange to meet with them and give them copies of research papers.
Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper and phone-in on radio talk show programmes to make your voice heard. Every bit helps.
Why not have a “Not For Sale Sunday” at your church, where you raise awareness about prostitution and trafficking? Visit www.CHASTE.org.uk for some ideas.
Volunteer with or support ministries such as Doctors for Life, Straatwerk and Inter-outreach that reach out to prostitutes with the Gospel.
Doctors for Life International : 032-481 5550, www.dfl.org.za.
Straatwerk : 021 - 930 8055 , www.straatwerk.org.za
Inter-outreach: 021-439 2528, www.interoutreach.org.za.
"Live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." Ephesians 5:8-11
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CLEAN UP YOUR COMMUNITY
1. Speak to the managers of businesses surrounding the sex shops and courteously ask them to write a letter confirming incidents of litter, criminal activities or prostitution occurring in or around those strip joints etc.
2. Arrange a meeting with your local ward councilor and give him/her these letters. Find out about local zoning regulations and bylaws that could potentially prevent further brothels from opening up. Persist with polite pressure.
3. Get your local Neighborhood Watch or Community Policing Forum involved in advising residents of safety measures and alerting the police to incidents.
4. Get church groups to hold prayer vigils, outreaches and placard demonstrations outside the brothels to discourage customers from frequenting the premises.
5. Encourage your community newspaper and radio station to report on the criminal activities happening in and around these places to help galvanise support for your initiatives.
6. Urge the Provincial MEC for Community Safety of your Province to enforce the Sexual Offences Act (1957 and 2007). Contact Africa Christian Action for other Provincial MECs.
Further suggestions for communities affected by prostitution:
- Organise a meeting of all residents that are directly affected.
- Agree on a formal plan of action that includes the financing of Closed Circuit TV cameras of the most affected streets and its PR & Marketing campaign in community newspapers and radio stations.
- Find and finalise best possible quotes for the purchase of CCTV and surveillance equipment.
- Introduce planned campaign to the Neighbourhood Watch, the Municipality and the local Police - get their endorsement and support.
For further information read publications such asFinding Freedom from the Pornography Plague; Reforming Our Families, Make a Difference - a Christian Action Handbook for Southern Africa, The Power of Prayer Handbook and The Ten Commandments – God’s Perfect Law of Liberty These are available from Africa Christian Action.