Human Rights Group: Decriminalise Sex Industry To Celebrate Women’s Month!

Pro-prostitution groups – both local and international – are once again using the backdrop of “Women’s Month” to argue for the full decriminalisation of the sex industry in South Africa.

“Human Rights Watch” (HRW) released a new report on 7 August 2019 entitled, Why sex work should be decriminalised in South Africa”  arguing that decriminalised prostitution is fundamentally a human rights issue. The report conveniently does not mention the role of pimps, brothel owners and crime syndicates in the terrible exploitation and abuse of women in the sex industry.

HRW blames the current criminalisation of prostitution for the poverty, lack of access to healthcare and violence against prostitutes. They further scold the South African government for not changing the law, claiming, “authorities are compromising the safety and well-being of sex workers and leave them open to sexual and physical abuse.”

Global liberal organisations like HRW rely heavily on information provided by the pro-prostitution lobby group, the Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT). This group is funded by foreign organisations on condition they lobby for the full decriminalisation of prostitution in South Africa – regardless of the harsh realities of the sex industry. 

Family Policy Institute (FPI) released a compilation of research data in 2009 exposing the dangers and abuse inherent in prostitution entitled, Why Prostitution Must Not Be Decriminalised in South Africa.” The evidence against decriminalised prostitution is overwhelming. Every objective study done on prostitution globally revealed that decriminalised prostitution does not help women. It is however, a gift to pimps, brothel owners and organised crime who prey on the vulnerability of women and children.

The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) conducted a nine-year study on Adult Prostitution. It conducted workshops across the country and solicited the views of thousands of citizens. They also interviewed people in the sex industry. The SALRC released its Final Report in 2015 concluding that decriminalised prostitution will further promote the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable women in South Africa recommending criminalisation with exit programs.

Family Policy Institute’s submission to the SALRC was mentioned more than 50 times in the Final Report. In fact, the Report agreed with many assertions made by FPI including the fact that a decriminalised sex industry does not improve the human rights, dignity and safety of women in prostitution because it is the sex industry that exploits and dehumanises women – not its legal status. 

The liberal mainstream media is complicit in promoting the false and dangerous narrative that decriminalised prostitution is the magic wand that will eradicate the terrible abuse pervasive in the sex industry. News channels like eNCA often provide “experts” ample airtime to promote their false arguments without providing alternative (and factual) viewpoints.

The objective of the current “Women’s Month” push for decriminalised prostitution by foreign-funded groups and their cheerleaders in the liberal media is to pressure government to dismiss the nine-year SALRC investigation – which include thousands of submissions by South African citizens – and change the law to suit foreign leftist groups and organised crime.

I have been fighting this battle for the past 10 years because I am convinced that decriminalised prostitution in South Africa will be disastrous for vulnerable women, children and general society.  

However, like the battle to stop the implementation of “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” (CSE) in SA’s schools, the fight to stop decriminalised prostitution cannot be fought and won by a few. I need the help and support of the Body of Christ in South Africa to defend the vulnerable.

The Scriptures urge believers to speak (and act) on behalf of those who cannot do so for themselves. Please speak and act against CSE and decriminalised prostitution to protect the voiceless and vulnerable members of society.

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Date published: 14/08/2019
Written by: Errol Naidoo   
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