Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Governments and Prostitution

By Alexander Samuels

An article posted on LifeSiteNews.com last week ("Australian and Danish Governments Providing Prostitutes for the Disabled") reports that in Tasmania, prostitutes are now called "sex trade workers" since publicly funded social workers now arrange for the disabled to make visits to brothels. Disability Services State Manager Michael Plaister told the Tasmanian newspaper The Mercury, "What we've got is a longstanding policy based around the principles of human rights that people with disabilities have the same rights as anyone else in the community and are entitled to be assisted to exercise those rights."

The LifeSiteNews.com article goes on to report: . . .

Disability Services' guidelines include a section developed in 2001, titled "Access to a Sex Worker." It states, "Sex workers should be seen as one of a number of options to consider when supporting people with disabilities to make decisions about their sexual needs." The report in The Mercury says that though the men usually pay for the services themselves, guidelines exist for social service funds to be made available should they be strapped for cash.

A spokesman for Advocacy Tasmania, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to elderly and disabled people, said that people with disabilities had a right to express their sexuality and to have a sex life.

The "right" to fornication has its own internal logic and social workers in Denmark as well as Australia have followed it industriously to its conclusion in the care of disabled clients.

In Denmark, the government has arranged a more regimented system in which the social services pays for "sex workers" to service disabled men twice a month. The Danish guidelines state, "It could be of great importance that the carer speaks to the prostitute together with the person in their care, to help them express their wishes."

The contradiction between governments fighting the exploitation and trafficking of women and paying for those women to service men under public care has not escaped everyone. Danish Social-Democrat spokesman Kristen Brosboel said: "We spend a large proportion of our taxes rescuing women from prostitution. But at the same time we officially encourage carers to help contact with prostitutes."

As in Australia, however, official arguments in Denmark against the practice will clash with the obvious problem that prostitution is not illegal in either country. As is common in many "enlightened" western nations, only living off the profits of prostitution is illegal, not the practice itself.

The problem rests upon a contradictory notion that there is such a thing as a "right" to sexual relations outside marriage. This idea, that will appear bizarre to many, is now common in governments and civil service circles around the world and is harmfully affecting a wide range of legislation.

In Canada this past week, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler used the "right" to fornication as an argument to keep the age of sexual consent at 14 instead of raising it to 16. Canada has one of the lowest sexual consent ages in the world. Canada is also growing in its acceptance of prostitution.

God intended the bodies of both the male and female to be held in purity and holiness. This means that because we are made in the image of God, we are to hold our bodies in high esteem and not use our bodies in sinful ways. The woman's body is more beautiful than the male's. She is not to use her body to entice men and draw lust out of them for the purpose of gaining money (prostitution). For the government to not only approve of prostitution, but to encourage it and pay for it with tax dollars, is not only a sin against God but it is a crime directed toward women that the government should be protecting. By governments paying for women to be used in politically approved sex acts, women are basically being enticed into the life of sex slaves who will be hindered by government policy from ever making normal lives for themselves.

Alexander Samuels is a regular contributor to Carolina Christian Conservative.


At Tuesday, October 04, 2005 9:07:00 AM, Blogger Tim said...

It is amazing that the "enlightened" people of the world (as opposed to us "backward" Christians) are always lecturing about the "dignity" of all people, the "value" of the individual and the need to promote self-esteem. Yet they support and defend all manner of actions that degrade and debase those very same people, destroying their self-esteem. Every country, on one level or another, recognizes the self-destructive nature of prostitution. Even where it is legal, they have institutions trying to "rescue" women from that life. But the uncontrolled sex-drive is stronger than their desire to protect the dignity of these women. It is laughable to hear them whine and moan about what the Bible says about the conduct of women, when the governments have become pimps.

Since the government - most likely - garners taxes from this activity, are they not violating their own laws? "As is common in many "enlightened" western nations, only living off the profits of prostitution is illegal, not the practice itself." After all, the government is living off the profits of prostitution.

At Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing on so many levels it's hard to know where to start. I'm still trying to imagine one of these carers explaining to the prostitute what they think this disabled person will need. Perhaps there are brochures they can take home to study for their next visit.

And then, not only is this a program to "help" those who may have gone months without activity...they get to go twice a month! A lot of married couples don't get that kind of action!

But the other thing that struck me right away is how many people in this country think that we are backwards and how all these other nations are so much more sophisticated. Not the least of which are justices on our Supreme Court.

Many days I think the Second Coming is just around the corner. Today is one of them.


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