Special Report: UN's Push To Legalize Prostitution
POSTED: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 11:29pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:14am
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The United Nation's bold support of prostitution may sound backward--more sex with strangers, less disease--- but the UN is calling on every nation to decriminalize or legalize what's called the world's oldest profession. The UN committeee argues that if governments offer adequate health services to prostitutes and their customers...it would actually slow or stop the spread of AIDS and the HIV virus which causes it.. If that's true, HIV clinics could have fewer patients and fewer heartbreaks
At TexasTech's Foster School of Medicine, Doctor Ogechika Alozie is one of the borderland's leading authorities on infectious diseases including HIV. When he read the UN proposal, the first word that came to his mind was "interesting".
He prefers to take a practical view of the matter, and though he's not totally for the idea of legalization, he can see what the UN may be thinking
"I would say assuming all services were available, education, condoms, treatment specifically in my mind it's not a bad approach assuming all those services are in place, you may be able to see reduction in countries where that's an option"
Could the UN committee be right? Could open access to paid sex actually be a good thing for public health? Maybe, naybe not. But here's another question the UN has not addressed: When a country decides that sex for money is okay,.doesn't that ultimately hurt the society..and the human soul?
Mke Woods things so. He's a pastor on the west side at Coronado Baptist Church
"It dehumanizes people, and this is one of things that's misleading in my opinion , that t's humane to legalize prostitution because it's good for the sex worker, and good for the customer, but in reality its not humane. It dehumanizes women, it turns them into a commodity instead of a person created in God's image who is valuable"
Doctor Alozie is grounded in his pledge to stop infectious disease. 'The easiest way to stop that transmission is either to stop people from interacting, which will never happen, or giving people resources and opportunities so they can reduce their risk.. risk mitigation is the key. The policy, and I'm not saying right or wrong,.would take a unique approach actually. It says 'we have these people at risk who have been marginalized in the process, let's move them back to the center so they can have different points of access and reduce their chances for HIV'..
Psator Woods calls on a higher law rooted in the Bible, in which God sets sex apart for a married man and woman. Sex in any setting outside of that, he says, does not adhere to God's law, and diminshes the beauty of sex, which He created . "We try to fill up the void we feel in our lives with all kinds of things, with money and what money can buy, and sometimes with sex. Jesus has a connection with sinners, people who are hurting. he loves people and when people come to know Christ, male or female...they find an acceptance in Him that they cannot fin in anyone else."