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Much has been made about the strength of South Africa’s infrastructure to host a successful World Cup. To that end, South Africa is considering beefing up their capabilities in providing the best World Cup possible by legalizing prostitution.

It was South African police commissioner Jackie Selebi who first proposed the idea, arguing that if prostitution is legalized, it would free up police to deal with more pressing security issues, but last Wednesday, at an Arts and Culture Department meeting on its plans for social cohesion for 2010, the proposal was presented again, this time from ANC MP George Lekgetho. “It is one of the things that would make it [the tournament] a success because we hear of many rapes, because people don’t have access to them [women],” Lekgetho stated during a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture in Parliament.

Not everyone was as keen on the idea as Lekgetho, some seeing it as a joke, and others as an offense. Lekgetho’s idea is supported by many of the same arguments that have been thrown around before. Theoretically so long as it’s legal, it will be easy to license, regulate, and tax. It would provide money for the country, establish some guidelines and safety precautions for the workers and their patrons, and generally allow the prostitutes more organizational capabilities, providing more safety and empowerment. There is also the issue of HIV. Legalizing prostitution could pave the way for regulations on mandatory testing for HIV and other STD’s, making it safer for both the prostitutes and their patrons. Said Lekgetho, “If sex working is legalised people would not do things in the dark. That would bring us tax and would improve the lives of those who are not working.”

The remainder of the meeting focused on the customer service in South Africa, but the topic of legalizing prostitution for the 2010 tournament was left for further consideration, with another ANC MP, Christopher Gololo suggesting the topic be an issue given to the public to debate. However, DA MP Sydney Opperfman pointed out the danger in “commercializing” the relationship, stating, “You cannot attach a price to the deepest union between a man and a woman and link it to our tax base.”

On the other hand, the issue of human trafficking and abuse cannot be ignored as football fans across the globe flock to the fragile nation for football and all the other accessories that go with the game. Alcohol and sex seem to be as big a part of many fans’ experience as watching the matches itself. Legalizing prostitution may make fans safer, and make their access to prostitutes a little bit cleaner, but South Africa is correct in realizing that their country’s long-term identity will not be defined solely by 2010, and weighing the detriments compared to the benefits of such a drastic policy shift may spell disaster for the country in the long run, if the country isn’t ready for it.

Instead of pondering these profitable but theoretical possibilities, South Africa should look at what they projected they’d be able to produce when they were initially awarded the tournament, and legalizing prostitution was probably not in that dossier.

Its natural for South Africa to refer back to 2006, as Germany served as a fantastic host. The legalized public drinking and prostitution probably helped that along, and to that end, replicating Germany in terms of legalized prostitution makes sense to debate, but Germany also had readied stadiums and roads and transportation. Cart before the horse, really.

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Comments (36)

  1. Well, its a good way for SAfrica to get some of the money they spent back. On top of that if the fans enjoy it, cool. And if it goes on after the WC, all the better for tourists and local lads.

    I think that if the country cannot provide amazing infrastructure like only Germany could, then they should focus on other areas to make the tournament as good as possible and legal prostitution will go a long way in doing that.

  2. Cherie:

    This was an intriguing article.

    I would like to add a quote that President Mbeki made in reference to electrical power concerns that have plagued South Africa since the beginning of the year.

    “Tourism companies have also expressed concern that blackouts could put potential visitors off attending the games. But Mbeki, in his annual state of the nation address, insisted that preparations for the first Africa-staged World Cup remain on course.

    ‘The current challenges we are facing have led some elsewhere in the world once more to question whether we will be able to host these tournaments (the World Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup) successfully,’ he said.

    ‘Of course, I have absolutely no doubt that we will honour our undertaking to FIFA and the world community of soccer players and lovers to create all the necessary conditions for the holding of the best ever FIFA Soccer World Cup tournament.’ “

    Source:

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=506125&cc=5901

  3. How can prostitution be legalised for the benefit of an international football tournament and then outlawed once more? Let’s exploit the money brought in by the prostitutes, circulate it, and then tell them that they can’t exercise their trade any more. Sound like exploitation to you?

    I am not against prostitution – female, or male for that matter – but I am concerned with the ethics of legalising something for such a short time for financial gain. It belittles the very serious debate regarding prostitution that is currently taking place across the world, especially in countries such as Sweden, where the pioneering example of Austria, Germany and Australia in the legalisation of prostitution has caused a stir.

  4. i fell that prostitution would be a good idea. people are going to do it whether we like it or not. i also feel that prostitution should be legalized all over the world. countries would be able to gain more money and the u.s. would be able to pay back the debt we owe.

  5. Prostitution is the use of a woman’s body for sex by a man…prostitution is not an idea. It is the mouth, the vagina, the rectum, penetrated usually by a penis, sometimes hands, sometimes objects, by one man and then another and then another and then another and then another. Here are 10 solid reasons why we South Africa shouldn’t be legalizing prostitution…for the world cup or any time afterwards:

    1. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution is a gift to pimps, traffickers and the sex industry.
    2. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution and the sex industry promotes sex trafficking.
    3. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not control the sex industry.It expands it.
    4. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution increases clandestine, hidden, illegal and street prostitution.
    5. Legalization of prostitution and decriminalization of the sex Industry increases child prostitution.
    6. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not protect the women in prostitution.
    7. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution increases the demand for prostitution. It boosts the motivation of men to buy women for sex in a much wider and more permissible range of socially acceptable settings.
    8. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not promote women’s health.
    9. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not enhance women’s choice.
    10. Women in systems of Prostitution do not want the sex industry legalized or decriminalized.

  6. the question of whetha 2 legalise prostitution has divided society for a while now into two sides.. those with & those without morales. studies into the success of the legalization of prostitution have showed it to be to the contrary in countries such as, well many, if not all, of the countries that hav bowed to greed.

    the issue of the dignity of women, let alone man, has been sidelined for wot, financial gain? and to what extent? along with the legalization of prostitution comes more ways for criminals to operate bigger and stronger syndicates to expose women.

  7. Prostitution legal are these people crazy? They need to think about the consequences they might suffer. It is being taught at schools to have some dignity and to stand up for what is right and now the idea of legalisation is coming up.

    So what they are trying to say is prostitution is an option for poor people. Why teach children to have dignity if it is something the government doesnt care about. In all i think its a crazy idea and making it legal may lower or prevent our chances of staging another huge sporting event as this world cup.

  8. Considernig SA s a nation ravaged by HIV, AID, crime etc. would legalising the world’s oldest trade not make it seem more agreeable to be promiscuous. would it not promote adultery, divorces etc??
    SA may be developing – but surely this would be a step backward. even if it is acceotable in many “developed/First World” nations!!! The mere suggestion is absurd!

  9. Prostitution should be legalized, so the women working can be protected while they are out in dangerous situations. Many of these women are already living a hard life of drug addiction and other problems and now feel as if this is the only way the can make a living. If prostitution is legalized, the women can be screened for STDs and that would help stop the spread of all STDs. Let me remind all that syphilis was once a disease that killed just like AIDS does now. Society does not protect them from being raped and killed on the street. I am not saying I would want anyone I know to be a prostitute but we have all heard of prostitutes being killed by some crazed man who feels like he needs to rid the world of these “Bad” people. Men will continuously solicit prostitutes wether legal or illegal. How long will we call ourselves moral while these women are abused on the streets?

  10. but would legalising it not encourage cheaper risker alternatives? one must bare in mind – alcohol and drugs often induce promiscuity – these “paying patrons” would surely go for a cheaper, option that perhaps claims to have been tested for AIDS etc. Thers is simply no way to justify legalising prostitution!!

  11. is not good idea to legalise it, our country is one of the top five countries in the world with high rate of HIV/AIDS

  12. it would be nice if SA could legalize or decriminalise prosecution, because sex forms part of entertainment, its great for stress managment, it nothing new but nature. if one person can use his/her mounth e.g a teacher in order to make a living then why prostitutes are denied the right to use another part of the body to make a living

  13. Well said, Erica @ 5. Since it is, generally, women who are abused during prostitution, it is women who should become more vocal and and express their anger at the moves to legalize prostitution.

    Women should tell their men that if they commit adultery, they should not bother returning. Loose men should stay with loose women, prostitutes or pick-ups at clubs.

    All the arguments count for nothing when little souvenirs are taken home and passed around. Or in the Final Reckoning.

    When Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”, he must have meant ‘women’ as well.

  14. I AM A YOUNG INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS GROWN TO ACTUALLY SEE THE REALITY OF THE EXISTENCE OF PROSTITUTION. IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO BUY. I PERSONALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE PROSTITUTION BEING LEGALISED SIMPLY TO PROVE THAT WE ALL HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS AS HUMANS, ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT WITH THEIR BODIES AND JUST LIKE EVERYONE BE REMINDED AND MADE AWARE OF THE EXISTING DISEASES. PROSTITUTES RIGHTS SHOULD BE AKNOWLEGED, I MEAN REALLY NOW WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE SOMEONE ELSE ABOUT HOW THEY MAKE A LIVING? WE ARE A GROWING NATION AND PROBLEMS OF GROWING UNEMPLOYMENT ARE RISING SO IS THE CRIME RATE, LETS NOT GIVE UP WITHOUT GIVING IT A TRY. HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THE FACT THAT POLICEMEN (WHOM WE VIEW AS PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE TO PROTECT)RAPING A PROSTITUTE AND NOT BEING REGARDED AS HAVING COMMITTED A CRIME JUST BECAUSE IT WAS A PROSTITUTE? THE FOCUS SHOULD BE THAT A HUMAN BEINGS RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED THEREFORE I SAY GO AHEAD WITH LEGALISING IT IS A JOB AFTER ALL AND THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE TAXED LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS WORKING AND THERE SHOULD BE AN AGE LIMIT SO AS TO REDUCE AND IN THE END ELIMINATE CHILD PROSTITUTION…I AM A STUDENT IN VARSITY AND THERE ARE STUDENTS WHOM I HEAR ARE INVOLVED IN THIS BUSINESS JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET AS THEY RESIDE IN RESIDENCE, LETS PLAN ON PROTECTING THE INDIVIDUALS AND ALLOCATE SPECIFIC AREAS WHERE THIS BUSINESS CAN TAKE PLACE AS THIS WILL ALLOW FOR EASIER EVALUATION AND MONITORING.

  15. legalizing prostitution will kill the nation as its already dead.he that is joint to an harlot is an an harlot.its not about poverty that there is prostitution its because of the experience an trauma that one has experienced when growing up let us find a solid solution to those who are doing prostitution i personaly say no 2 legalising prostitution amen

  16. the legalisation of prostitution i bliv wud be the complete dehumanisation of women. its sad wen one realises the self conceitedness of men. exactly hw wud ths industry b regulated as our hands r already swammped wt crime issues, dis wud b unneccesary stress. how nw do we as society instill morals in future generations, wen we at dat very moment defy them. ther r enuf cases of human trafficking, nd the abuse of women nd gal children, we do nt nid to perpetrate them. 4 us to revive the worth of women, self pride nd dignity calls for our detesting the passing of such laws. the idea is purely disgusting!!

  17. how does legalising prostitution allow for monitoring and evaluation of the trade? what exactly would the police or relevant law enforcement authorities then do in this regard to protect the women or see that they are complying with the regulations?it seems that this whole issue of decriminalising the trade is an idea that has been brought up by those who stand to benefit from the taxes derived from the prostitutes as noone has proved beyond reasonable doubt any benefit there would be in this for the prostitutes themselves. has it not occured to people that even if there is mandatory HIV/STD screening and testing for the prostitutes this does not change anything at all- if a prostitute’s licence is suspended or cancelled due to their health status will they just not go back to doing business illegally anyway as it was before the trade was legalised? As the situation stands now, prostitution is a criminal offence but this has not served as a deterrent as prostitutes continue to roam the streets freely. Similarly, does it not stand to reason that even if trading as an HIV positive or otherwise infected prostitute is deemed a criminal offence, this would not deter the prostitutes either? In which case legalising prostitution does not do anything in the fight/ battle against HIV and AIDS.the rape of a prostitute is no less of a crime than it is to rape a woman in any other context. Some have argued that it is their right to trade and be employed as they wish but does this not go against the right to dignity the most fundamental human right on which our constitution is based? what dignity does a woman have when she has to stoop to a level were she has to sell her body for financial gain? Women deserve much more than this and we should all strive to move away from the objectification of women.

  18. considering the fact that human cant life without sex and when thousands of fans are coming to SA it will definatly not end to games it will follow lots entertainments such as alchohol,sex,gambling and ETC I personally think that is a nice move for SA to legalize prostitution be doing that we can avoid, rapes and HIV beside genearting lots of money to goverment

  19. Poverty breeds prostitution. Many prostitutes work.. to put food on the table. If they had other means im sure not one would prostitute themselves. It is a choice, but it is a choice made in extreme circumstance in a country that does not provide for well for its poor and underprivileged.. ‘Sell my body or go hungry and die’ is the motive that drives many. Let us not confuse this issue and assume that all prostitutes are autonomous clearminded citizens who would choose a life of prostitution under any circumstances. They are victims who need support. If and only if, the legalization thereof is aimed purely at helping them get off the street, then it is a good idea. If at all, the rest of us with food on our tables, see its legalization as a means to please foreign guests, or generate tax-profit, or to reduce the burden on the police force, or as some ludicrous vicarious way to reduce rape???, or to emulate the example of Germany2006.. then there is something seriously wrong with our motives..

    When you see a prostitute, is your first thought.. ‘I’m wish she has the constitutional freedom to sell her body to strangers,’ or do you have a sentiment of sympathy and think, ” i wonder what needs to be done in this society to so that she doesn’t have to do this?’

  20. Those who say prostitution should be legalized, they must first, prostitute their, sisters, daughters and mothers.

    How can you call this a business?

  21. waw abt da sicknesses afta dat?prostitution must nt b legalized,bcz ada countries will c SA people as ‘GOLD DIGGERS’.

  22. No to prostitution, our poor doesn’t mean that we must our bodies. People who from overseas must bring their wives / girl.

  23. No, no, no prostitution, 2010 you promised us many good things, We are still waiting for those promises, not prostitution. Prostitution will kill our families and youth. If we allow prostitution in our country, How many people will die after the World Cup? How many diseases will attack this world? How many children will be able to go back to School after the World Cup? How many people have been trafficked for 2010?
    No…no…no Pro-sti-tu-tio-n.

  24. Thi was such an honour for me to b talking about this topic..and i think it the best one to hold a debate for the parlimant people

  25. prostitution is a good source of income for those who have no other option. and legalising prostitution comes with many advantages

  26. The only people who would agree to legalize prostitution are those sick degraded people who make use of this “service” already. Sodom and Gomorrah here we come! I am sure that once it is legal, it will never again be illegal, or if it is, only for a short time.

  27. we say legalizing prostitution will increase the rate of hiv n sti’s n also the rate of children dropping out wil increase

  28. it would be nonsence if it is ever legalised. I agree with Erika lambert, if it were legalised it would be a gift to pimps, and i think it would be a dream for all teens, to run these kinds of businesses. I am a teenage boy of 17 who know of others who would love to be part of this “human traffic’ing.” for once i think all politicians think about the youngsters of SA and not about money.

  29. okay; okay; okay…. Let me let alone the morale part of human beings.. PROSTITUTION would just be a HIV/AIDS increament which is totaly not right for a wright person think of it. Anyway be it money or whatsoever, selling a body alive is one thing that God forbids.

  30. if prostitution culd be legal, why not drugs? i believe south african laws have become too leniant>>>

  31. I’m a first year student @ vaal. this thing of legalizing prostitution is out of the question. If they decide to make it legal, so should weed be legal, this are the lives of people we are talking about, people who whould also like to have good paying jobs one day. Some of those sex workers are under age, does the government actually take notice of that? They too want to go to school and become educated like they are sitting on those big chairs in their offices. Every government member should put his/her life in those sex worker’s lives and think of that person on the street as his/her child, how will they fill? Who are the people to benefit, the government or the PIMPS?

  32. It’s proved by the example of the other countries like Germany or Netherlands that legalizing prostitution will increase the human trafficking of woman and children and mafias operating in the countries. Legalizing it, it’s not for woman safe, it’s to arrange money for the government. For the World cup 2010 they should be concern and prevent the human trafficking for sex exploitation, not the pleasure of frustrated and violent man!!

  33. woman are there suffering every day nothing to eat and no were to live they are living in poverty,, therefore it must be legalised.

  34. The legalisation of prostitution would open the door for further criminal activity. It is well documented that prostitution promotes human trafficking, drug abuse and the drug trade, increased abortions which while legal in SA is nothing less than a holocaust of convenience- living life without responsibilty for the consequences. To say that we need to legalise prostitution because it will prevent rape as men will not have access to women is the worst argument. George Lekgheto should be promoting abstinence until marriage and faithfullness in marriage rather than justifying a lack of self-control and the hedonistic pursuit of self pleasure at the expense of others. We need to encourage young boys to grow up to become honourable men not just older boys who shave with no self-control or respect for others. Prostitution is not the answer to SA’s poverty. Poverty will be overcome when we take the issue of poverty eleviation as seriously as we have taken preparing the country for the SWC or when we avoid corruption of public funding and see more investment from the private sector into the devleopment of our country. all of this falls to the individuals of our nation thinking about those around us and not just ourselves.

  35. I am glad to see the prostitution/sex trafficking be debated, raising the awareness. I would like to know the answers to the following questions.

    What are the ages of the prostitutes?

    How many are being brought into SA to meet the demand?

    Who will be responsible for the harm, pain and children?

    Let’s pray for these girls!

  36. Prostitutes are generally girls that love cock and love getting paid for accepting a cock in their miuth, pussy or ass. Generally these girls get as much pleasure from being fucked as does the guy fucking them ………… so whats the prob ????