16 October, 2021

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Why Prostitution Should Be Legalised In Sri Lanka 

By Lasantha Pethiyagoda

Lasantha Pethiyagoda

Lasantha Pethiyagoda

There are many reasons which can be considered valid as to why adults do sex work, whether it is their main livelihood in the absence of more “respectable” means, a temporary solution to survive a difficult period, or an opportunity to supplement other income, having aesthetic qualities that are in demand. Some people find that sex work offers better and quicker income and more flexible working conditions.

I will outline some aspects that make the case for legalisation stronger, given that there is much suffering all round due to a lack of it, and indignant howls of protest by duplicitous hypocrites.

There is widespread human trafficking from remote rural areas that invariably punishes victims more than perpetrators. Trafficking is an egregious human rights violation involving coercion of individuals for sexual exploitation or forced labour. If legalised, sex workers can be natural allies in the fight against trafficking, and may be well placed to refer trafficking victims (usually children, widows or adolescents) to appropriate services.

When freed from the threat of criminal penalties, sex workers can organize and collaborate with law enforcement agencies, departments of probation and child care and women’s affairs. Despite this, laws prohibiting the purchase of sexual services are often quite ironically promoted as a successful means to combat human trafficking to cosmopolitan hubs. On the contrary, countries which legalise it have less related crime.

sexworkerLegalising sex work recognizes the right of people to privacy and freedom from undue state control over sex and sexual expression when it poses no threat to society. The different treatment of sex work from other types of work is an example of governments’ long history of exerting control over bodily autonomy, self-determination of individuals and sexuality.

Proper recognition must be afforded to both sexes where respect for gender equality and sexual rights are asserted. Laws against sex work intrude into private sexual behaviours and constitute a form of state control over the bodies of women and gay, lesbian and trans-gender persons who make up a significant segment of sex workers.

Criminalising sexuality is like state controls over reproductive rights and sexual acts between consenting adults. Criminal laws prohibiting sex work attempt to legislate morality with scant regard for bodily autonomy.

Health benefits for the general population will outweigh costs as it reduces the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Legalisation of sex work could avert a significant percentage of new HIV infections among female sex workers and those mostly exposed to infection. Medical journals have verified conclusions that decriminalization of sex work had the single greatest potential to reduce HIV infections in female sex worker communities in the absence of expensive anti-retroviral treatment.

Prostitutes are then empowered to insist on condom use by clients, and are better able to access testing and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted infections such as Herpes or Syphilis. Visible condoms and openly negotiating condom use put sex workers at greater risk of arrest, torture or rape.

Legalisation promotes safer working conditions for sex workers by enabling them to organize as groups. Collectively, sex workers can address risk factors in their workplaces and insist upon improved conditions. It challenges the consequences of having a criminal record and abuse by law-enforcement officers. Harsh and biased application of criminal law ensures that a large proportion of sex workers will have criminal records.

Criminal records are often a source of social stigma, and can drastically limit one’s career and social future. They face great difficulty finding non-sex-work employment and make it next to impossible to change careers or win custody of children.

An important cornerstone of contemporary human rights is that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Sex workers in many parts of the world have organized to fight for human rights that cannot be fully realized as long as criminal laws threaten sex workers’ access to justice, health, and social services and undermine their right to labour and workplace protections.

Sex work cannot be inherently violent. The criminalization of it puts both workers and customers at greatest risk. The need to avoid arrest of both sex workers and their clients means that street-based sex workers must often move to more isolated areas that are less visible to law enforcement, where violence is more prevalent.

These factors, plus real or perceived impunity for perpetrators of violence against sex workers, place sex workers at heightened risk. For example, reported rapes and assaults are very much understated. Decriminalization of sex work challenges police abuse and violence. Where sex work is criminalized, police wield unfettered power over sex workers.

Police threaten sex workers with arrest, public humiliation, and extortion. A high proportion of sex workers have reported suffering sexual assault by police, rape while in custody, often without condoms and often as a pre-condition for release on bail. In these instances police abuse sex workers with impunity, in part because sex workers fear arrest or further abuse for reporting these crimes.

Social stigmas and double standards need to be removed, so that the powerful policy-makers’ and high officials’ hypocrisy is exposed if not discouraged with public shaming on mass media, while the desperate individuals who work in the sex industry gain respect and acceptance. That way, a significant portion of society will stop leading double lives and all of society will benefit both directly and indirectly.

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    ” Social stigmas and double standards need to be removed..gain respect and acceptance..all society will benefit directly or indirectly”

    Would it be ok for your own family?

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      What are you asking Sandy?

      One always craves for one’s mothers profession and that be legalised and respected.

      That is the only conclusion one can come to.

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      Looks like Sandy missed the point!

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      Jamis Muthu Banda

      Where are you.

      Whats your take on legalising the oldest profession?

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        Yes should be legalised, So many sinhala Buddhist day and day out dreaming about sex…drink so much & when their willy become rock solid they become violent…yes it should be legalised….then only u r people and mine can live in peace…

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          Jamis Muthu Banda

          When you see a beautiful woman in this forum your willy too work faster than your brain. Does it mean you too need the services of prostitutes and willing to pay for it?

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            I never thought that NV I know from this forum could add thoughts about willy`s behaviour this way ? gggggrrrr. Anyways, when talking about sex, even saints seem to be becoming abnormal ?Best thing is to learn to control the emotions and feelings thorugh better systems. Prostituion does not belong to the intended systems:

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            Dear NV, you are mistaken. Beautiful women do nothing for Muthu Banda. He’s a man’s man.

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              How come you be sure of it – you had a kind of fun with the man ? WOW… Paul – good to know a man of MR to behave so ?

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          You may have few in your family to produce as first candidates ? Is that the reason you are pro legalisation of pros ?

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      Legalizing pros in srilanka could lead to end up with creation of an another Bangkok in the region . So those who easily get caught by foreign agencies leaving the country for ME – will be diverted to lanken pros CAMPs. NO means legalization of Pros should be allowed in the island.
      The sex industry in Thailand has become the most lucrative mean for the IRC world. I know the flights to Bangkok are crowded in summer days. It is hte only country where little girls are bieng abused for few dollars. The very same culture we must not introduce to buddhist dominated island nation.
      Taking drug, consuming alkohol will not be 100% controlled by any law and order system, in the same manner Sex abusers and sex activities that are being practised are not controllable to 100%. What we need are the pro active law and order system to see that there exist law and order inthis country. That can then control almost anything. If Germans and other EU countries can do the job to the letter, why not us.

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      All this I saw in the morning of this Poya Day. More comments have come in during the day.

      Lasantha Pethiyagoda, first, let me congratulate you for having had the courage to write on this difficult subject, and you have written well. The readership of this website tend to be liberal and educated, so I was not surprised to find many sympathetic comments.

      However, a surprisingly large number of Victorian Moralists and Religious Zealots had also responded; let me begin by dealing with the first:

      “Sandy”, What do you mean when you ask, “Would it be ok for your own family?” Instead of “ok” let me have “like”. No, nobody LIKES prostitution, and then you also seem to think that you can dictate to the other members of your family. This is where we diverge. We should not dictate, even to members of our families who are adults. “Paul has got it right: “Legalising prostitution does not mean approving of it.”

      Then we have the inevitable “double standard” fellows: it’s O.K. for a man to be doing things, but not for a woman. The Police appear to routinely take that line. Brothels are raided, the “Madam” and her “girls” are subjected to endless harassment, but the “customers” (almost always men) get away scot free. Hmmmm! “almost always …”; can’t be too sure, nowadays, you have “gigolos”, lesb. . ., all that LGBT” stuff has to be taken in to account.

      Basically, I believe that women prostitutes (whom we seem mainly to be speaking of in this context) must be assured freedom to discreetly go about their “work”, but we must really tighten the laws to ensure that minors are protected. Paedophiles, and other such perverts who prey on innocents – they are the guys whom we’ve got to crack down on, and crack down on hard!

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    “Where sex work is criminalised, police weild unfettered power over sex workers”
    Absolutely true.
    Women sex workers are harassed not only by the police but also by criminals and pimps who prey off them. Not many women take to sex work on their own volition or preference, they resort to sex work as a last resort to earn their daily bread and for survival purposes.
    If society take a moral high ground and does not have a safety net for the amelioration of poverty and hunger and denigrates those females who take up sex work as social outcasts then that society itself would itself be corrupt and negligent with regards to other aspects too like for instance in the field of issues like social welfare,health, education, environmental pollution etc., etc.all of which exposes the extent it’s own hypocrisy and double standards.
    If on the other hand if the government were to accept ground realities and the fact that even in an economically advanced country there are mechanisms created to bring sex work within the ambit of legal process to avoid the criminalisation of sex workers and the opportunity by the police to abuse them with impunity it would be a step n the right direction.

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      Uthungan

      I concur with you.

      Remember this is the oldest profession.

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        NV,
        What about poor girls being trafficked from villages on the pretext of giving jobs in cities & forced in to prostitution ?

        In our society if a girl is raped once she will have no future other than becoming a sex worker, so in one night the girls life can become a hell, for ever.

        Is it okay if this happens to your daughter ?

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          John

          “Is it okay if this happens to your daughter ?”

          She would receive more care and love. She would be a raped survivor not a victim forever though it would be near impossible to erase the horror from her memory, we can help her learn to live.

          All rape victims haven’t chosen the path to prostitution. If you believe rape victims automatically chose to live a life of prostitute then of course you should count all those girls/young women being raped by their father, uncle, grandfather, brothers, next door neighbour, armed forces, …… boy friend and husband.

          More than half of the women should have chosen to actively involved in prostitution.

          Why do upmarket prostitutes are being respected and in most cases worshiped than the Kerb crawler? Think about it.

          “What about poor girls being trafficked from villages on the pretext of giving jobs in cities & forced in to prostitution ?”

          They too need support, love and care and should provide them with resources to rehabilitate and see if there a prospect for them to return to their villages or gainfully employed elsewhere.

          You haven’t considered the fact that a handful of women lifting their shirts to survive in their job or to get promoted in their career path? Isn’t it prostitution forced upon them or otherwise? I am not blaming the women. Don’t tell me this does not happen in this island.

          This is the oldest profession.

          Why is that women are prosecuted and exposed while men are protected and respected when caught?

          Think about it.

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            NV,
            I have no doubt you will care for your Daughter , you will give your own life for her,
            but is it anything you would ever want to do / pray god please let me have this opportunity to do this ? I doubt

            When you comment on poor girls from villages , you have a high expectation that , they would be cared for & be gainfully employed ,yes

            yes, NV , it’s a good expectation but it doesn’t happen in our country at this moment & we don’t think it would in any time in nest 25 years or so

            So with those brilliant expectations , can we , you & me expose our daughters to untold hardships ??

            Who is there to deliver those brilliant expectations ?

            Our Good Governance PM ? who interfered with AG’s independence to prevent arrest of Gota from being jailed for prosecuting under Fire Arms Act ??

            My dear friend NV, you are sadly mistaken .

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              John

              “My dear friend NV, you are sadly mistaken .”

              Maybe. May be not.

              The issue is why men and women, boys and girls and transgender take to prostitution and what do you about them.

              I suppose you just want to appear tough on prostitution rather than tough on the causes of the profession.

              Have you thought about all those sex maniacs (most men are) who constantly require sexual gratification? If alternative outlet is blocked they would come after your women folks. Are you prepared to shut them in cupboards while you are away from home?

              Legalising prostitution is not an automatic invitation for all women of this island to take to the profession.

              Its time the state regularised prostitution in order to avoid health hazard, unwanted pregnancy, violence, police thuggery intimidation and bribe, growth of sex maniacs, …………..

              If one cannot provide alternative livelihood one should not think too much about prostitution unless one has ulterior motives.

              Moralising only justifies hypocrisy. The islanders are blessed with lots of it.

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        You must have a lot of women in your stables.

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    Legalising prostitution does not mean approving of it. Alcohol consumption destroys families, causes road accidents and contributes to violent crime but it isn’t illegal. Sadly prostitution will never be made legal, the Sangha, the RC church the Muslims etc are far too backward and brainwashed to see common sense.

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      Paul, Cant agree more. But nowadays I see there is a a real change in SL. The ” Biyas” never been silent like this ever in history, After all theses drama it seems they start to realize their foolishness. Just one hard push together and we can bring all of them to common sense. Good Lasantha have balls to write this but is there any politician to do so?! I put religious guys in main two category, either they are opportunistic cunning masters ( most of them are ) or dumb uninformed brainwashed retards. These women should organize well and get it done through the courts and human right groups must come out of thir closets and work it out till they achieve the goal. The Business politicas know the next step is weed and home brewery. So they will use the retard religious leaders to oppose any kind of a revolution which will loose their prestige states.

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      ” the Sangha, the RC church the Muslims etc are far too backward and brainwashed to see common sense.”
      The Muslims in Iran have a very innovative solution. It is called a “temporary marriage”. The client marries the service provider on the spot and divorces her after the action by saying “I divorce thee” 3 times. So do not underestimate Muslims.

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    Are u mad!? Den wat abt India?? You hv redlight areas but still human trafficking and rape of women are increasing!!!Hv dey decreased?

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    Good argument. Look at the following news article about a top UNP minister. So why not make it legal and regulate it and tax it ?oriental, ukranian and other commercial sex workers and lots of dirty Chinese massage parlours are all across SL now. Tax them. Big rich businessmen of all races Muslim, Sinhala, Tamil frequent them. Rich politicians of all parties frequent them. So why the stigma only attached to poor drug addicted lower class sex workers/prostitutes? Dickman;s Road is full of transexual hookers and lot of rich mahaththayas hire them for quickies. Unprotected anal sex is the key reason for spreading HIV.

    Regular, monitor, require mandated health tests and tax them. See story about Honorable Ranil’s favorite minister

    Agony after ecstasy for ole Johnny
    Fun and frolic is a passionate hobby for this Johnny, a politician of no mean repute. Even if one will no longer find those cuties in their birthday clothes in the glossy Playboy magazine, here was one in flesh and blood. Of course that was oriental variety. It was near midnight signalling the dawn of Wednesday, when the elder citizen was in wonderland. Then, he had to break off.

    But he did not go home. Instead, he rushed to one of Colombo’s surgical hospitals just past midnight. With the fun now over, fear gripped him. How would he attend an important event that morning? He could not wear a pair of trousers nor go in a sarong with a veritable cloth tent jutting out in front.

    Doctors battled hard to soften things up for the embarrassed politico. An injection was administered first. That did not work. After struggling for a long time, they had to pull out some blood and soon things returned to normal.The story behind the drama surfaced only when one doctor joked with another about that “old b..ger.” He had taken a stronger dose of Viagra and the ecstasy, like his dreams to make Sri Lanka a paradise, went beyond expectations and became an agony.

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    Lots religious dignitaries also frequent prostitutes. One such man now retired from being a custodian of a dental holy place who pretended to be very pious and is from a famous UNP family loved hookers too. One great Islamic Minister also frequented prostitutes during Chandrika Madam’s regime. VVIPs of some recent defeated parties loved sex and were able to procure air hostesses etc. Time to end Hypocrisy. Top people in MR’s regime loved hookers too. What that does is increase chance of HIV and other STDs. END the hypocrisy now. Look at the no of homosexual prostitutes and trannies on Dickmans Road. Who do you think their clients are?

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    Most societies value ‘chastity’ as the highest desirable attribute of women – unfortunately not of men, who demand it from prospective brides.
    It is said that “chastity is mostly due to lack of opportunity”.
    The sex urge is the most primordial behaviour of living beings, and of mankind.
    But, seeking sexual pleasure has become perilous and difficult for men and women.
    Thus arose the ‘sex industry’ in many nations dating back to centuries.
    This industry has ready clients, but they have to risk social ostracism
    if discovered to be seeking/enjoying this ‘illicit’ pleasure.
    In many western countries, sex workers discreetly advertise on TV, street tabloids & in ‘personal’ columns of newspapers.
    Many western nations have legalised the sex trade, even levy income tax from sex workers.
    It is high time Sri Lanka legalised the ‘sex trade’.

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    It’s a progressive viewpoint but one that will not be able to overcome our Victorian morality, anymore than legalizing marijuana will be..

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    It should be legalized,
    Then there will no need of Pimping monitoring MPS to appoint for supplying prostitutes madams to politkka VIPs and VVIPS here and abroad.
    Then no body will Jump above the parapet walls in Balconies and never get severe injuries to pay from poor citizen’s tax money.

    Poor prostitutes women can earn for their daily bread also without giving sex bribes to Our honest POLICE FORCES.

    But politkka VIPs and VVIPS must be careful about their wives getting prostitutes licenses or permit on the sly.

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    Why does the law adopt such a negative attitude about prostitution? When a man pays a woman (or even a tranny) who is in the sex trade for sexual favours, no one is victimized. So why should the law prevent mutually consenting adults from engaging in sex acts privately, whether a payment is involved or not?

    Many men would only be too glad to pay money for sexual gratification and sex workers would be equally glad to provide it in return for cash.

    So why should other people be concerned about it?

    Could it be that none of our male law makers or lawyers or other men who object to prostitution have ever availed themselves of the services of sex workers at any time?

    Hypocrites are among the biggest scoundrels of all and laws against ‘victim-less crimes’ are among the stupidest of all laws!

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    I agree Prostitution should be legalised or more aptly, decriminalised. Then it could be controlled and the corruption that now exists for prostitutes to carry on their trade, could be eliminated. Also, one of their biggest hazards, their health, trafficking and enforcements, could be monitored. Also, innocent women will no longer be harassed. Anyone walking along Hotel Road in Mount Lavinia, day or night, would have experienced the pimps harassing the men and men mistaking innocent women for prostitutes. In countries where prostitution is legalised, it has been proved a great success and the women seem to take pride in the profession and pay taxes as respectful citizens.

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    Criminalising sexuality is like state controls over reproductive rights and sexual acts between consenting adults

    The liberalisation of ye old Victorian values are beginning to take a toll.

    A survey was conducted by a popular Mobile Phone application that promotes promiscuity. It found its mostly young mothers who look to cheat their partners and husbands.

    Even with liberal values there are extremes. The western world is hitting those opposite extremes. I think moderation – middle path is key.

    As a principle the society should not condone paying for any kind of immoral activity. Immoral in the sense lying, stealing, sexual affairs and killing.

    Although if a basic human rights of a person is violated by Police or pimps the rights violation must take greater precedence than her/his illegal activity.

    That way the society do not condone prostituting at the same time honor basic interests of people who are engaged regardless.

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    Lasantha Pethiyagoda has written well on a subject that comes up every now and then. The answer has always got to be YES. It is nobody’s business what consenting adults get up to. As long as they don’t break any other laws of the land, (or frighten the animals).

    In reality however, the do-gooders of this country, the clergy in particular, will want to push their weight around, and as self-appointed guardians of our morals, will campaign to prevent legalisation. So nothing will change, and the tawdry status of the sex worker will remain that of some one exploited and abused.

    May be one day this country will wake up and kick itself into the 21st Century. Till then Rajpal will have to continue wearing sunglasses, and watch his step.

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      Spring Koha

      “In reality however, the do-gooders of this country, the clergy in particular, will want to push their weight around, and as self-appointed guardians of our morals, will campaign to prevent legalisation.”

      Is it okay to discuss about their hypocrisy, double standards, do as I say and not as I do morality, pure simplistic world view, ………. ?

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    Why not legalise drugs too, and murder, child abuse, and all the so called ‘crimes’ you can think of? Then we’ll have a crime free society! Hurrah!!

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      Be patient, in time they will all be legalized just as Sodomy was considered a mental sickness a few years ago. Legalizing vice in a democracy has it’s advantages; more tax to the government coffers and society going to the dogs.

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      Kaz you are mistaken. Murder and child abuse are acts of violence against the person, prostitution is not.

      Legalising prostitution does not mean approving of it. It just means that it can no longer be controlled by criminals, politicians and CEOs. Prostitutes will no longer be at the mercy of pimps and gangsters, they will no longer be subject to violence. They can be offered medical treatment and will be clean of disease. Their earnings will no longer be robbed by the men who control them.

      All these advantages to them and to society, if only people would stop moralising. Legal or not, prostitution will always exist. Why not improve it instead of ignoring it?

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    Of course a dearth cannot occur on the supply side as the prospects may attract Mid-East
    returnees as an avenue for legitimate work right at home! Does Sinhala Buddhism permit
    this kind of Democratic trend?

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      SINHALA BUDDHISM???.

      MY arse, Where did you find Sinhala Buddhism??.
      From Balu Sena?.
      We are following the universal truth, The Lord Buddahas Teachings.
      How many Precepts do you observe from teachings of
      Lord Buddha???.

      Better trying when you are ” Gedara yana gaman or on Call duty”.

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    Legalization will certainly make our women and children safer – from rape and murder.

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    Legalize prostitution (I take it both male and female!?. This is a question that should first be asked from wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts, or husbands,fathers, sons, brothers and uncles. Do they want their loved ones go to a pro, so that their kinsman could claim the right (or the innocence)to go because it is legal and the state accepts it as alright. Well, could they look at the kinsman straight in the eyes?

    I bet the treasury would love it: Legalize it and register the service providers, so that they could be taxed; it may be a non exhausting tax to the treasury until the human species gets annihilated, may be by a passing meteor crashing into the Earth or like in Sodom & Gomorrah!.

    Of course in SLK, like everywhere else, legalize or not, who wants to pay taxes when it is better to avoid it. The underground trade will surely continue, and so will be the crime associated with the trade.

    The day the human being is able to wash off the so called “sin”, that will be the day prostitution will stop, and meanwhile the phenomenon of human society would trundle along through all ages yet to come. It is no different to people wanting to eat in a different restaurant once in a while instead of home cooking!

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    This is a very serious issue. Our noble culture especially protects children, adults , parents may have to be more dedicated, some sacrifice.prostitution may not be raided or may have proper attention but according to me it should never be ,legalized. If people are to happily embrace Western culture it may bee ok. We cannot go back to the past but I feel if we are to protect our culture there should be social change to reduce unneccessry arousal of people’s emotions.

    I think the main problem is despite improving one’s own discipline persons try to correct the neighbor’s behavior so that third precept of one’s own self is preserved.

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      Sriyani Mangalika ;

      This not from western cultures.
      when westerners were wearing tree barks and animal hides, our easterners were enjoying in social clubs and Brothels.
      when you read history books, you could find that The Oldest Profession was Leagalized and Practicing in India Before Lord Buddha’s time also. Now a days all over the world in many countries, it is legalized .

      So what is the difference Now?.

      we are getting much problems because of wrong interpretations from religions and all these Monks, Preasts, and mathaweens who object to all of these with ulterior motives.
      But in their heart, they like it to legalized, and Showing that disliking.
      But Imagine and see what they do hiding behind the Religions are unspeakable Sins.
      And our Women folks also Supporting them.
      WHY??????.
      CAN YOU FIND ANY BODY WHO IS CALLING BUDDHIST HIMSELF, WHO OBSERVE 5 PRECEPTS OF LORD BUDDHA’S TECHINGS in his or her heart ?????? ,
      AT LEAST ONE PRECEPT,
      I do not think you will find any body!!!!!.

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    Dear Author:

    If you are asking to legalize prostitution, first say, you are willing to prostitute women in your extended family.

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      These MF’s have no sense of extended family

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    Sex drive is a strong biological drive next to hunger in the animal world. Humans have made it a compelling drive by promoting sex through social media and advertising. A Legal sex service can go a long way to reduce sex crimes by meeting the uncontrolled demand for sex by some individuals.

    Prostitution had been a respectable occupation even during the time of Buddha. Nagara Sobhinis were patronized by even the royalty. In Japan the Geishas were highly cultured and talented females.

    What is important is to accept that like illicit liquor sale of sex cannot be eliminated. Legalized sex centers can be supervised and controlled and will also be a source of revenue to the government.

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    Finally an article worthy to read and not the usual political rubbish CT has become. Well done !

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    Why not?

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    Humans have so many biological drives. SEx once allowed can be really disgusting. PEdophiliai, homosexualism are all have their own reasons behind. So, how far you want to go.

    All those who agree to prostitution says that they are willing to employ their extended family members as prostitutes.

    On the other hand, in that case, male prostitution also should be legalized.

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      Some people think and write with their willy.

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        Ceylonese, you seem abnormally obsessed with your “willy”. Perhaps you have a small one and not fit for purpose.

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    The reality is that we all have sex whether fantasizing until climax, masturbating, or seeking the outlet of a willing person of the opposite sex, or even of our own sex, and still yet even paying for it. Yes, unless we have been neutered, we all seek sex and find it highly pleasurable. In fact, nothing ever matches the pleasure of uninhibited sex. Only people who have been castrated by too much religion or muddled social norms will abhor sex. They end up being hypocritical, much like clergy who take the vow of chastity and rape those under their care. The Catholic Church is now answering for such omissions in various courts of law around the world. The turn of other clergy cannot be too far away when people start speaking up. So people, do not be afraid of being your natural self. Sex is never sin. And if you can’t get it any other way, then go get a prostitute, male or female. My vote is for legalization of the trade. That way it will be controlled, instead of the uncontrolled manner in which it operates now, exploiting women and men so the powerful can make a lot of money. And let people have a choice, whether it’s your family member or mine. That’s what freedom is all about.

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    The quickest way to destroy the family life of a nation is by legalising gambling, usury, pornography, prostitution, psychedelic drugs, alcohol consumption and other immoral conduct; depraved and degrading behaviour. The ultimate damage is beyond monetary, moral and ethical values.

    Allah has created Angels with reason but having no desires; animals with desires but no reason, & man with both reason and desires. Therefore, if one’s reason is stronger than his desires, he is like an Angel, while if his desires are stronger than his reason, he is like an animal.

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      Check how many divorce cases come to the family courts in Saudi Arabia.
      Your So called religiously Secured country has the most illegal gambling, usury for marriages , pornography, prostitution, psychedelic drugs, alcohol consumption and other immoral conducts.
      each and every Arab’s mobile’s are having pornographic photos and films.
      All those Harams acts are not Legalized in Religious country of Saudi Arabia.
      But They are the people who practice in Holy land.
      Now they travel to Syria and north African countries to buy and marry Under age girls, then bring them to sell in saudia
      it is denying is most HARAM thing.
      they have no respect for Your God Allah.

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      Maghribi, there is a quicker way to destroy family life. Just behead anyone who disagrees with Islam.

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      The Saudis and other Arab men who come to Sri Lanka as tourists go in search of Alcohol and Prostitutes. A driver was asked to go look for Russian prostitutes once. Driver get paid good money if they buy alcohol for MUSLIM SAUDI MEN who come to Sri Lanka and also go to Thailand. The richer ones go get prostitutes ion Switzerland, Moscow, Paris etc. The less affluent SAUDI WAHABI men just come to cheaper destinations and get hookers and booze. REALITY and FACT.

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      Here is what those sweet Saudis do..they hire prostitutes outside Saudi Arabia; they have 4 wives. They are not saints.

      Lebanese security forces are interrogating a Saudi prince on charges of carrying drugs on his private plane after they allegedly retrieved 2 tons of narcotics from the aircraft, local media reported.
      Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained on Monday in Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport.

      The prince was about to conduct a flight on his private plane to Saudi Arabia.

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    Maghribi

    “Allah has created Angels with reason but having no desires; animals with desires but no reason, & man with both reason and desires.”

    If we go along with your lack of argument then keep Allah out of this forum for he/she created the oldest profession and prostitutes to service the men.

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    Many of the comments I have read give should give us optimistic hope for Sri Lanka. Just to add that WE in the East should be proud for giving the world the first, and definitive text book on recreational sex – the Kama Sutra. The amazing positions in that masterpiece have led to many men and women having to seek professional orthopaedic intervention. Then the classy Rubaiyat thrills the senses. Here is a Edward Whinfield translation taster

    In the sweet spring a grassy bank I sought
    And thither wine and a fair Houri brought;
    And, though the people called me graceless dog,
    Gave not to Paradise another thought!

    All this makes’Fifty Shades of Grey’ rather old hat, delicious as it may be.

    To sum up: busy bodies should keep their nosy prying eyes out of other peoples business, whether it be procreational sex or recreational sex. Unless of course they are voyeurs!

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    John’s John did not go down because he took Viagra and Ecstasy. He was in the company of a Oriental Escort: a glorified term for expensive sex workers.

    More the reason to legalize, regulate and tax it. HIV incidents are mostly because of unprotected Anal/Gay sex and also through IV drug users using dirty needles. Regulate it; require monthly drug and blood tests. If RW’s good friend diehard UNP Minister can do it, why can’t citizen Perera, Rauf and Thangavelu also not do it for money? Ranil W. Sir what say you?

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    Anyone wonder why we Sri Lankans are such a broad admixture of genes (south indian/Bengali/oriya/gujrati etc.)?

    Were all unions that resulted in this very hybrid gene pool, “legitimate”?

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    Lasantha

    Hats off to you for bringing up a controversial subject. Unfortunately, the SL society will never accept reality & prefer to bury their heads in the sand because we are the biggest hypocrites, hiding behind religion & culture. We only have to see the massive corruption, abuse & all types of fraud carried out by ‘deeply religious’ pillars of society to see the level of hypocrisy. Casino kings, bookies, extortionist, thugs & drug dealers, as well as, others who have made their fortune on money lending, bootlegging & vice, exploiting the vulnerable, are the biggest donors to religious charities & are readily accepted by society as leading citizens.

    Legalising brothels will reduce exploitation of pimps & thugs, better control of sexually transmitted diseases & a safer environment for these women. We forget that there are are some in our society, such as, disabled people, who are unable to gratify their sexual urges & sex workers provide that service. This way, women have a choice & not necessarily forced in to the sex trade but in the 21st century, we in Sri Lanka, refuse to accept these ‘morally’ unacceptable issues, just like homosexuality, which has always been there, practiced behind closed doors.

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