PROSTITUTION: THE ANSWER TO POVERTY?

Latoria
Posted July 11, 2019 from Nigeria

Prostitution according to Britannica is the practice of engaging in relatively indiscriminate sexual activity, in general with someone who is not a spouse or a friend, in exchange for immediate payment in money or other valuables. Wikipedia defines it as the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment. According to findings, it is the oldest profession in the world.

Some people have argued that prostitution is bad while some said it's good since it is a source of income for some which has prompted them to come up with a substitute for prostitutes. It's called sex workers! That is, since they do it to make ends meet, it should be called sex work. For this cause, some countries like Germany, Netherlands and New Zealand have legalised prostitution. It's a job like every other. What is your view?

However, three world views exist in respect to prostitution. They are abolitionism, regulation and prohibitionism. Abolitionism is where the prostitute is considered a victim. Here, prostitution is always a coercive practice, and the prostitute is seen as a victim. They argue that most prostitutes are forced into the practice, either directly, by pimps and traffickers, indirectly through poverty, drug addiction and other personal problems. That is, due to lack, poverty, peer pressure and the likes, they go into prostitution which makes them victims.

Regulation is where the prostitute is considered a worker. That is, sex worker. Here, prostitutes are not seen as victims of circumstances but adults who choose to work in the sex industry and whose choices must be respected. It's no big deal because it's a means of being paid for what both parties involved have to offer. Prostitution here is bad when done against one's will. It's a legal thing and all prostitutes are respected. However, prohibitionism is where the prostitute is considered a criminal. It's against the law of the land to do that. It's illegal unlike Regulation. This is common in the northern parts of Nigeria.

Forced prostitution refers to conditions of control over a person who is coerced by another to engage in sexual activity. It is a form of slavery incompatible with human dignity and fundamental human rights. It's a way of exploiting individuals, women sexually. Unlike prostitution which is voluntary, it is an involuntary act. It's not consensual.

However, countries like New Zealand legalised prostitution to eradicate sex trafficking or forced prostitution but reverse is the case. A July 2005 report by Manukau city council in reference to Unbound said the nuisance factor escalated and street workers quadrupled despite bylaws regulating the location of brothels. “It was widely expected that the outcome of legalising prostitution would be that sex trade workers would generally operate from safe, regulated and legal brothels. In Manukau, that has not been the case.” Also, In the Netherlands, the sex industry increased by twenty-five percent after legalisation. In Victoria, Australia, the number of legal brothels doubled, and illegal brothels increased by 300%. A 200% to 400% increase in street prostitution has been reported in Auckland, New Zealand since prostitution was decriminalised.

Prostitution or forced prostitution exists only in a country where gender inequality exists. I'd explain. Have you ever taught of why men don't really give themselves in exchange for money? Are we saying men are not poor too since prostitution is caused by poverty, majorly? But men wouldn't do that because they feel they can't stoop too low to start exchanging sex for money. We live in a world where equal rights, opportunities, privileges, treatment in terms of respect and the likes are not given to both sexes. You think the answer to women's poverty is sex in exchange for money? No! It is equal distribution of power and resources. It's putting an end to detrimental stereotypes like women can't really perform when given an opportunity, because it only limits their abilities. It limits their creativities. It makes them feel bad because they won't be supported or would be rebuked for starting out something that seems 'masculine'.

Why should women be treated as commodities? Why don't they think of better ways to make ends meet other than practically destroying the rights of women through prostitution if not because of the detrimental stereotype that a woman is meant for the kitchen and the bedroom? You are a woman, you are meant for the bedroom and the kitchen. 'Prepare the food and I'd come eat you in the bedroom' they chorus the detrimental stereotype. How wise could we get?

True, poverty exists because most people in Nigeria live in abject poverty, however, prostitution is not the way out! Gender equality is! Have you read the effects of gender equality on the Nigerian economy? You should read it. Thanks for following.

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Hello, Latoria,

Thank you for opening up a new topic. Prostitution is present in our country, but it is illegal. Yes, poverty and lack of job opportunities push girls to do this. They say the politically-correct term is called prostituted women. Victims of their circumstances. It’s quite shocking that there are cases in our country that mothers or grandmothers “sell” their daughters/granddaughters to pimps. Or it’s a “work” that has been passed on to them.

Contrary to what you said, there are men who are work as prostitutes, too. Wealthy women and gay men pay for these men.

I guess prostitution exist because people wants to have sex without any commitment: no relationship, expectations or contracts are attached. Just a need for a sexual engagement. That’s why some countries legalized it.

But then again, thanks for sharing your thoughts about prostitution. It’s difficult to put all information together in one post.

Lisbeth
11:15pm
11:15pm

Thanks for sharing Latoria. I also think it's as a result of not wanting commitment. Even in Bible times prostitution existed, and the main reasons for getting involved in it is economics.

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 12
Jul 12

Dear Latoria,
Thank you for the open invitation to look closely together at prostitution, with your careful and thorough analysis. Thank you too for your invitation to continue the discussion by sharing our views. First, I want to comment on the often said quote that prostitution "is the oldest profession in the world". Women were inventing farming long before there was prostitution, and when it is repeated that it is "our" oldest profession, I feel it reinforces that this is what we are here to offer. In Canada, as in other "western" countries you have mentioned, it has been decriminalized to "sell" but criminal to "buy", the intent to keep women out of jail (as of 2014). The debate you so eloquently lay out for us all sadly is heated here in my country. Personally I refuse to let go of a vision of women having all the options we need to not have to resort to prostitution, with a system along the lines of the Swedish Model, offering women training into work fields that pay good money, and which is showing much success. In the countries in which there are legalized brothels, they are being described by women who have been working in them as severely increasing in violence and with cruel and bizarre demands they cannot as "workers" refuse. In Canada many of us are working to stop a growing trafficking of young women, an end to the ongoing increasing missing and murdered indigenous women in particular, and an end to poverty, which along with you I agree is a big part of what is at the heart of the problem. As long as women and girls are being stolen into prostitution, and as long as poverty and the lack of options for a liveable wage are issues, we will not have solved this. I believe we have the ability. The debate on "how" needs the openness you have offered us all here, to speak freely and honestly with each other, and to move forward with plans that work well.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Jill Langhus
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Latoria,

Thanks for sharing your informative post on prostitution. It's unfortunately a very loaded and complicated challenge now. I'm not sure if it should be legalized or not, to be honest because I can see it could encourage trafficking but I can also see for quite a few women that it's a means to an end. I think until gender roles start to change and women and girls are safe and protected, and have more options for employment, then it could become illegal with the appropriate back up to penalize the pimps and not the prostitutes. It's interested that legalization backfired in New Zealand.

I'm hope you're doing well and having a great weekend:-)

SIMON MUREU
Jul 15
Jul 15

AND who know whether we may take its spores and how---educative and informing