Villification of vice squad is vicious (11 October 2009)


Dear Editor

The letter, "Stop the sex terror campaign and consult us" (Cape Times, 9 November) refers.

I am staggered at the viciousness with which the writers of this letter attack JP Smith and the Vice Squad. From his experience as the ward councillor for Sea Point, JP Smith knows that the crackdown on brothels is neccessary to stop an area from being turned into a slum. Do we want Cape Town to become one big slum?

The writers of this letter claim that the only Christians that "surround" JP Smith are "hateful bigots". This statement couldn't be further from the truth. Some of these Christians that the writers of this letter trash have dedicated their lives to rescuing prostitutes off the streets and helping them to find dignity and purpose.

Prostitution is one of the greatest human rights abuses. 

The entire exploitative shady underworld of gangs, drugs, crime and trafficking associated with prostitution intrinsically involves harm for the prostitute. 

According to a study done 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.

Sexual acts in prostitution committed by the “customer” on the women involve humiliation, degrading verbal abuse, physical abuse, and exploitation. 


Far from "riding roughshod over human rights", the arrest of johns and prostitutes has helped to uncover cases of gross human rights abuses.  It seems that only by acting and making arrests,  have the authorities been able to establish what is really going on on the street and consequently be able to extricate women from abusive situations or uncover cases of child prostitution and trafficking. 

Taryn Hodgson

Africa Christian Action

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