Is this a good idea ?

sex workerSouth Africa is thinking of legalising prostitution during next year’s World Cup to limit HIV infection among visiting fans.

It poses just a few questions : does short-term legalisation work ?

If it does, why not do it for South Africans, and not just foreigners ? 

and why not spend the money on AIDS awareness instead ?

23 Responses to “Is this a good idea ?”

  1. 1 Tom K in Mpls
    October 12, 2009 at 19:35

    The problem with legalizing any thing is knowing what kind of regulation and monitoring is needed. Then to put it in place. Given the state of affairs current in SA, I think this would be a disaster. What bothers me most about it, is then people would use the failure as a glaring example of how the whole idea is wrong and impractical. Once they have control of crime in general, it could be a good idea.

    If they are trying to make more things legal to hide their law enforcement failures, they will find it will make things worse very quickly. Just like the Pakistani/Taliban agreement in the Swat Valley.

  2. 2 jens
    October 12, 2009 at 20:44

    …..remind me what is the perecntage infection rate in SA……and does AIDS even exist there after years of denial????

  3. 3 Jennifer
    October 12, 2009 at 21:08

    I don’t think short term legislation works.

    Legalizing prostitution is not going to prevent HIV/AIDS or promote AIDS awareness. What is it going to do is open a door to people who would not before participate in prostitution. The prostitute and the other person involved would still be at risk for contracting a disease.

    Re: Is this a good idea?

  4. 4 John in Salem
    October 12, 2009 at 22:54

    Legalizing is a good idea but thinking they could do so on a short term basis is ridiculous.

  5. 5 nina in texas
    October 12, 2009 at 23:35

    I wish they would consider a long term, more permanent plan. Prostitution exists and any approach that acknowledges the existence of it and tries to handle the situation proactively is preferable to straight up banning. Once that is established then can they proceed to exploring the best methods of controlling outbreaks. It just seems like too many things to tackle at once.

  6. 6 Jim Newman
    October 13, 2009 at 00:02

    Hello again
    It’s probably a good idea. I just wonder if S. Africa as the infrastructure to carry out the necessary controls.

  7. 7 CarlosK
    October 13, 2009 at 02:45


    It is not a good idea to legalize prostitution because legalization is a form of endorsement, by the state. And young people will think that because it is legalize it is ok to engage in prostitution and maybe it is even ok as a career choice.

    I think it would be a better idea to decriminalize the practice. Whenever someone is found guilty of the offence that person or person should be fined similarly to road traffic violators. That fine should be waive if the violators are willing to engage in counselling and rehabiliation.

    Many people (both male and female) suffer from a form of Sexual Addictive Disorder Syndrome (SADS). They should not be discriminated against by criminalizing their orientation (homosexuality or promiscuity- fornicaton or adultery). When criminal sanctions are applied the person or persons go underground and undermine the society. And no society can remain without a firm foundation.

    My advice to South Africans, don’t legalize prostitution, decriminalize it instead and help the victims of Sexual Addictive Disorder Syndrome (SADS).

    Best regards,

  8. 8 Colin Sundaram
    October 13, 2009 at 07:40

    13. 10. 09

    Nobody has seen the real face of the Chinese yet since they have not been outside the Great Chinese Wall. They are one of the most ruthless races in the world in my opinion and once in control they will exploit the whole world beyond imagination. If you look back at the history of the Chinese Empires and how badly they persecuted the citizens of that land mass will give you enough reasons to believe that they will do it time and again. The most recent incidents one can relate to their cold heartedness is the Tiannenmen Square massacre and handling of any dissent inside their territory.

    Beware of China; it is a satan in the making.

  9. 9 scmehta
    October 13, 2009 at 08:10

    Legalizing prostitution during the World Cup is as bad an idea as any other eye-wash or opportunism. It’ll be much better, if they effectively and extensively advertise towards the Safe-Sex awareness; that will help the cause then, and later as`well.

  10. 10 Colin Sundaram
    October 13, 2009 at 08:24

    13. 10. 09

    Dear Ros,

    Legalizing prostitution will not reduce HIV infection but it is a good idea. One cannot stop promiscuity among men hence constitutionalizing sex industry will help reduce crime and human trafficking. When an industry or activity is under the scrutiny of a government or local body it has to follow certain norms i.e. health checks, registration of the women and men who would like to indulge in it. Visitors or shoppers of sex cannot be health checked to ensure that they do not carry any transmittable diseases.

  11. 11 Steve
    October 13, 2009 at 08:37

    Short-term legalisations will only lead to extra pressure on the authorities to bring in full term legalisation. Giving people a taster always leaves them wanting more.

    The short-term legalisation may work, but this would only be effective if the authorities police the prostitutes to ensure all medical checks have been carried out and passed to help prevent the further spread of Aids and other STDs.

    Legalising prostitution for foreigners only is discriminative. Africans are quite used to this type of one-way legislation. It’s wrong but it’s accepted.

    The money being spent on this would be better-spent providing local and foreign visitors with information on STD issue.

    Knowledge is power without that knowledge you take your chance.

  12. 12 Will Chaba
    October 13, 2009 at 09:27

    Now I’ve heard everything! Is legalizing prostitution really the answer? Perhaps proponents of this ideas will sign up their own daughters and wards as ‘sexual fodder’ for visiting tourists, since people are absolute slaves to their urges. Prostitution always leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, and with good reason! It cheapens sex to a contractual (if pleasurable) agreement between willing parties. Can the South African government truly say they have explored every possible option?

  13. 13 Audrius Kviliunas
    October 13, 2009 at 10:59

    It is imposible ban prostitution.Over all the World there are many countries where is banned prostitution but it have no effect.Contrary when prostitution is legalized goverment can control health of prostitutes and even can have some income from their work. Only must be limitations of places where they can work and advertisments.When there multiple means propogating nude bodies it is absurd not to ban it but ban prostitution.

  14. October 13, 2009 at 14:03

    Total nonesense to legalise prostitution for a couple of months,especially in such a discriminatory manner,what happens afterwards? They all become criminals again! The oldest profession,will not go away and I think legalisation would at least offer some control;reference,Amsterdam and Hamburg. Making something legal does not qualify as condoning. Prostitutes may be the only sex that some people have,would you deny them that?

  15. October 13, 2009 at 14:28

    Short term legislation doe not work.Drinking, prostitution and gambling have been there since time immemorial.It can not be eradicate but regulated by legalizing prostitution and spending money on AIDS awareness.No point in applying to only foreigners as if locals do not go to prostitutes.

  16. 17 nora
    October 13, 2009 at 14:33

    By legalizing prostitution, taxes can be collected so the gov can pay the wrongful death lawsuits that will undoubtedly arise from their new shoot to kill police policy.

    Who knew the world cup would be about clean prostitutes and cops with six guns…

  17. 18 patti in cape coral
    October 13, 2009 at 15:36

    There are so many pros and cons on both sides that I can’t make my mind up at all. I wish I was just a kid again so I could just ooh and ahh over some skier making a particularly good jump or a skater doing a triple whatever. Now I’m nearing 40 and discussing legalizing prostution at the site of the games. I guess we should all be glad it isn’t being considered as an olympic sport at least.

  18. 20 Elias
    October 13, 2009 at 15:57

    The best course to follow is for South Africa and the countries sending contestants, also for visiting fans is to issue pamflets pointing out the serious dangers of getting Aids which is rampant in the country.

  19. 21 wasila sanusi
    October 13, 2009 at 16:15

    this idea is not gonna solve the problem at all, this is sayin; go ahead and do what you wanna do with your life.

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