Friday, August 6, 2010
Prostitution should be legalized in Malaysia
The Star of August 6, 2010 highlighted on its front page the case of a van driver in Petaling Jaya accused of raping two minors. Why didn't he satisfy his lust in a cheap brothel in Kuala Lumpur's red-light districts such as Lorong Haji Taib or Brickfields? Simply because there are no more cheap brothels left for him to patronize! (A van driver can't afford a RM200 full-service package in a high-class spa, can he?). Depending on which side of the fence you are on, it's either thanks or no thanks to the efforts of our police. However, it has been postulated that the non-availability of sex workers to men who can't control their desires is a contributing factor to rape. (I prefer to refer to prostitutes as sex-workers because they perform a service).
According to a website (http://prostitution.procon.org), prostitution is legal in 50 countries, enjoys limited legality in 10 countries, and is illegal in 40 other countries. Every men worth his testosterone knows the nearest sex haven is across the Causeway in Singapore's Geylang district. If a country that bans chewing gum can permit prostitution and legal brothel ownership, something must be good to it. Of course, I'm referring to voluntary prostitution by adults, not forced prostitution. Just compare the number of sex crimes in Singapore as a percentage of its population to the same statistic for Malaysia.
In fact, empirical evidence has established the correlation between the lack of brothels and high number of rape cases in the following studies:
--Kirby R. Cundiff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance at Northeastern State University in his working paper entitled "Prostitution and Sex Crimes" submitted to Independent Institute on Apr. 8, 2004, wrote: "It is estimated that if prostitution were legalized in the United States, the rape rate would decrease by roughly 25% for a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year.... The analysis seems to support the hypothesis that the rape rate could be lowered if prostitution was more readily available. This would be accomplished in most countries by its legalization."
--R.N. Barber's article entitled "Prostitution and Increasing Number of Convictions for Rape in Queensland" (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 1969 (vol. 2 issue 3) stated: "A study conducted in Queensland... show[ed] a 149% increase in the rate of rape when legal brothels were closed in 1959, while other offenses against the person by males increased only 49%."
So, my point is that sex workers perform a role in society by allowing men and women to relieve themselves of sexual tension and desire. Without this biological urge, given by God, humans would have become extinct long ago. Therefore, prostitution should be legalized in Malaysia and strictly regulated, of course.
If Turkey, which has a 99% Muslim population, can legalize prostitution, why not our country? Also, according to the Coalition Against Traficking in Women, Indonesia, another Muslim-majority country, has "localised bordello complexes, or 'localisasi' managed under local government regulations". (http://www.catwinternational.org)
Sex website http://longpenisworld.com stated: "Though prostitution is technically illegal in Indonesia, the government continues to run and operate the Kramat Tunggak, a red-light district in North Jakarta. The largest in the world, the district spans 28 acres, with more than 220 brothels populated by between 1,000 to 2,000 girls."
Another point is that so much attention is focused on female prostitution that male sex-workers are often overlooked in terms of arrests. For instance, why are female sex-workers always targetted in anti-vice raids? Have we ever read news of gigolos being caught by our anti-vice police? Yes, but seldom. (Even so, our mainstream newspapers don't bother to show pictures of the arrested male sex-workers but pictures of female sex workers are often splashed prominently in prime pages.)
The scores of male sex-workers in our gay massage parlours, spas and gyms are often left alone to enjoy their sodomy in bliss, not to mention the straight studs servicing ageing widows, divorcees, old spinsters and bored housewives with impotent husbands. (A Google search will hook up several Kuala Lumpur-based agencies offering male escorts).
Industry sources have told me stories of policemen posing as customers to visit brothels and nabbing female sex-workers. If the law is to be imposed across genders, shouldn't policemen also pose as customers in gay massage parlours to nab male sex-workers? Maybe catching male prostitutes is not fun enough for our he-man cops?
Also, why aren't our policewomen pretending to be customers of masseurs-cum-gigolos and arresting them when they offer sex?
Gender equality should also extend to the way sex-workers are handled by the police.