S. Africa: Fate of prostitutes in the balance

Staff Reporter
May 11 2009 at 09:39AM

Should adult prostitution be decriminalised totally or not?

This is just one of the questions being posed by the SA Law Reform Commission in a discussion paper which has been released for public comment.

Other options contained in the document include the partial criminalisation of some forms of adult prostitution or the regulation of adult prostitution and prostitution-related acts.

The primary aim of the discussion paper is to consider the need for law reform in relation to adult prostitution and to identify alternative policy and legislative responses that might regulate, prevent, deter or reduce prostitution, a statement from the commission reads.

Under current legislation, voluntary selling and buying of adult sex and related acts are all criminal offences.

“All the proposed options presuppose the criminalisation of under-aged and coerced prostitution and trafficking of people for the purpose of prostitution,” says the statement.

The release of the discussion paper will be followed by a report on adult prostitution which will contain the final recommendations of the commission.

It will also include legislative proposals relating to adult prostitution.

Copies of the summary on adult prostitution are available free of charge from the offices of the Law Reform Commission.

The closing date for public comment is June 30.
Link to original at IOL

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