Prostitutes must be protected

Published: Monday | December 30, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

A policeman was quoted in a recent article in The STAR, saying that if caught, persons involved in prostitution would be arrested and charged.

"The persons involved can be charged for living off the earnings of prostitution and can be fined up to $500,000 or three years' imprisonment."

I have never heard of anyone being arrested, charged and sentenced to that magnitude or anywhere near that. Maybe it is time for prostitution to be made legal, after all cannabis (ganja), I predict, will be legalised in time for the next elections. If regulated with the proper health and security considerations, this could do more good than harm.

Presently, prostitution, like ganja smoking, is an illegal free-for-all. This country continues to engage in blind passage of laws with little or no enforcement, while criminals ignore them and continue with their business as usual. Many of those in authority continue to sound as though laws can reduce or eliminate crime with just a little divine intervention.

Take a drive along Ripon Road, Kingston 5, any night and you will see a number of women engaged in the illegal business.

Like all hardworking members of the Jamaican State they should be protected by the police and only arrested if they become a real menace to society.

Michael Spence

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