Stop the legalization of prostitution in South Africa
The Department of Justice in South Africa sneakily invited public comment on the “Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill 2022” during the Christmas season to deliberately undermine the public participation process.
The Bill will repeal the laws that criminalize the buying and selling of adult sexual services. This means the entire sex industry in South Africa will be legalized - providing pimps, brothel owners, and criminal syndicates who prey on the weak and vulnerable - the best gift ever.
Family Policy Institute (FPI) submits arguments to support the fact that legalized sex industry is the worst possible policy for SA. This is in consideration of the dire social realities in the nation and the warnings of policy failures on prostitution globally.
International studies reveal the policy of legalized prostitution failed wherever it was implemented. Instead of protecting the human rights and dignity of women trapped in the sex trade, legalized prostitution had the exact opposite effect.Legal adult prostitution increases child prostitution. Research indicates the links between prostitution and organized crime are never broken regardless of the legal status of the sex industry.
A legal sex industry also significantly expands prostitution rather than contain it – luring many more vulnerable women and children into a life of unspeakable sexual exploitation, abuse, and misery. Despite the failures of legal prostitution internationally, the ANC regime supports this socially destructive policy to the detriment of the most vulnerable citizens.
“The National Centre On Sexual Exploitation,” says, the legalization of prostitution is one of the world’s most disastrous approaches to the sex trade because it is a gift to pimps and sex buyers allowing them to carry out their activities as mere “sex business operators” and “customers,” and normalizes the sexual violence and exploitation inherent to prostitution as a form of “work.”
If passed, the government’s support of legal prostitution will undermine the human rights of persons trapped in the sex trade (the majority of whom are females), and grant impunity to perpetrators of sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable women and children.
South African society suffers high rates of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and children. Domestic abuse of women and children is also at intolerably high rates. Considering these appalling facts against the backdrop of soaring rates of unemployment and endemic poverty renders legal prostitution illogical, unsustainable and untenable in South Africa.
The ANC government has legitimized the buying and selling of women as "sex work."
Incredibly, the Department of Justice ignored the recommendations in the SA Law Reform Commission’s Final Report on Prostitution Law Reform. The SALRC conducted a comprehensive 9-year investigation into prostitution (commissioned by the same Justice Dept) and warned against legalizing prostitution because of the high rates of GBV, poverty, and unemployment.
The ANC regime has chosen to surrender South Africa’s social policies to UN agencies and other sexual rights radicals to the detriment of the safety and dignity of women and children.
Please make your voice heard on this disastrous Bill that seeks to fully legalize the inherently abusive sex industry in SA. We must reject state-sanctioned sexual slavery to protect thousands of vulnerable women and children from a life of sexual exploitation and misery.