Only way to control sex trade is to legalise prostitution

  • Letters
  • Saturday, 15 Mar 2003

I REFER to the article “MB sets out on anti-vice crusade” by Wong Chun Wai (Sunday Star, March 9). 

I have been reading news about Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo’s anti-vice raids on health centres and nightspots lately.  

As an ex-nightclub hostess, I had entertained numerous politicians and foreign delegates in exclusive nightclubs. 

It puzzles me that he should go against the smaller-scale sex trade in Selangor when his colleagues patronise the posh nightclubs in the city.  

I believe they still hold to the idea that what goes inside the pants of a man is his private business and has nothing to do with his public persona. 

I do not think any of Dr Khir's actions will be fruitful, as they will only provide superficial results. I could not agree more with Marina Mahathir in her article “Local Jokers” (The Star, March 5) in which she asked: “Why then should they have simple one-sentence solution?” 

The problems concerning prostitution are complex as one of the main factors is poverty. In countries where resources are limited and the seizure of opportunity critical, daring to trade one’s body and dignity can make the difference between living well and otherwise. 

The only way to control the influx of foreign prostitutes is to legalise it. We see it working relatively well in Singapore, where foreign prostitutes are issued yellow cards and prostitution is only limited to the red light district, Geylang. 



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