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Senegal’s innovative approach to prostitution

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simplulo

I don't believe that Senegal's success here can be explained fully by French colonial legislation. There were other French colonies, but when I hear African success stories it is always Senegal, Senegal, Senegal. Just 15M people, but Senegal is disproportionately visible in commerce, music, food, and soccer. I find it strange that this Muslim nation is rarely held up as an example, and am glad to see it mentioned here.

ashbird

A dumbfounding piece of data. Hard to believe, assuming accuracy, Senegal’s HIV prevalence rate is 0.4% while DC's rate is 1.9%. People are "ultra-active" in the particular department in the latter locale?
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guest-aanwnjss

The Netherlands has a similar model of legal prostitution, however Amsterdam's 'red light district' is civilized more because of the generally high rule of the law in general.

The issue with the Netherlands' model of legalizing prostitution is that it dichotomized the sex market into a legal and an illegal sector. The illegally trafficked women, who the law sought to protect, remain unregistered. These illegally trafficked women remain a huge part of the sex tourism industry, as women from all over the world remain cheaper and unprotected. The 'red light district' may appear civilized, but there are still plenty of women that remain unprotected.

While I am glad to hear Senegal has found a method to lower the HIV rate, it is still alarmingly high. Clearly, it needs to be lower. AIDS epidemic is exactly why I am giving money to the WHO (World Health Organization).

guest-aanwoese

Correction. Sweden does NOT have a decriminalized model. They have what is referred to as asymmetrical criminalization, or what they call the Swedish model. This model criminalizes the purchasers of sex, not the sex worker, so it's legal to sell sex, but not to buy it. This drives sex workers underground to ensure clients feel safe from the police and has led to increased violence for sex workers due to the criminalization, secrecy, and stigma imposed on their work.

What you say drives people underground isn't exactly accurate. The Swedish model was designed to allow women to work as prostitutes, but uses the disincentive of crime to prevent the purchase of sex. The johns (buyers) are committing the crime, and the women are not. This protects the women. Sure, it means that higher functioning prostitutes are going to keep their clients a secret, but it most certainly does not put the women at higher risk to crimes that wouldn't already be there if the act of being a prostitute was illegal.

I am bothered by the notion that Senegal's practice has inspiration in its colonial roots.

That's complete nonsense. There's plenty of academic evidence on this subject and I encourage anyone reading these comments to do their own homework. As a rep from a peer-driven sex worker-led organization, I can tell you no sex worker is a fan of asymmetrical criminalization (Swedish model). As someone living in Canada where this flawed model has been adopted, I can also tell you that there are many academics, and lawyers championing this unconstitutional law. http://www.pivotlegal.org/evaluating_canada_s_sex_work_laws_the_case_for...

6xUeqnAuZt

Who cares about prostitutes in Senegal?? Yet, you do allow comments here. Why no comments allowed about allegedly "new, vibrant, and multicultural" Germany? No, I don't want blacks, Moslems, or Arabs for my neighbors in Poland, thank you. If I did, I would have moved to Africa. The Germans don't know the whole truth about their migrants. No to a borderless world.

guest-ajnjljwn in reply to 6xUeqnAuZt

Amen! That whole series of articles depicting a "cool and vibrant" Germany is obviously contentious (and that's just so we don't use harsher terminology) and is left completely closed, whereas the most menial of articles are given a free pass. What a joke from a magazine and institution that promotes so-called "openness".

By the way, I forgot to add. I am an American. I have Irish, Austrian, Norse, British, Jewish, and Moorish (Berber) blood in my veins... To top it off, the Berber and Jewish blood came from the same lineage. I wouldn't be me if my family had your view of the world.

umghhh in reply to wolfyhuntsasmell

I do not blame 6xUeqnAuZt even if I think that his words go to far. Yet in a world where only one truth can prevail I accept this too. This may have been different if the 'liberal' media were capable of discussing the issues that certain cultures (having close ties with one particular religion) cause in the West. If majority of followers of one particular religion value Sharia more than the local legal system into which they or their parents migrated then something is wrong. Not because these legal systems are so perfect but because Sharia with its set of tools and with superiority built in in the religion is so much worse. I touched only this one problem - there are many more. They are prevalent in majority of followers living in the West yet we are not allowed to discuss that.
Then there is mass migration - all good according to 'liberal' media even if there is no single case of mass migration that did go well for the target local population. You do not want to address these problems so I say no to everything you have to say on this. The times for discussion seems to be over and it is 'liberals' that made it so.
Bottom line is: I disagree with blank bans on migrants of any color, race or religion but I consider calls for such bans legitimate even if they are not quite reasonable - the other side's calls for completely open borders and for support of mass migration are as little reasonable as a call for complete ban on migration.
BTW: meanwhile German media report killings and brutal attacks by migrants almost every day. Only the most brutal make their way to the front pages like the one in Hamburg this passing week: a migrant found his estranged partner and their little girl and slaughtered them with knife in public. As sad and tragic this particular case is - It would not be worth telling when the 'liberals' did not try to make it sound like this were a single case and had nothing to do with the foreign cultures we are so eagerly trying to import.
There are problems. Admit they exist, discuss them, try to find solutions. When you do then we can discuss why some people reject immigration from some places altogether. Not earlier.

wolfyhuntsasmell in reply to umghhh

That is a much more cerebral answer. Thank you, and I see what you are saying.
Still, I cannot blame people for leaving a country, like Syria, in hopes of finding a better way to live. As an American, I hear the issues of emigrating from a country like El Salvador (barring Syria, the murder capital of the world) to the United States. People risk their lives in hopes of getting to a better place to live. The option of being arrested and deported seems a lot less bleak when you are leaving a country where violence is the rule of law.

simplulo in reply to 6xUeqnAuZt

"Who cares about prostitutes in Senegal??" The short article made a clear case for the beneficial effects, e.g. on HIV rates, of legalizing prostitution. The finding is significant whether or not you think Senegal is. More to the point, here in Germany prostitution is also legal, and I think most Germans would agree with the Senegalese on the net benefits. BTW, we foreign blacks with college degrees are called "expats", not "migrants" or "guest workers".

nearmsp in reply to guest-ajnjljwn

The liberal left never permits free speech. On US campuses the students from liberal arts programs are the ones who "protest" presence of speakers from the right and drown their speech by making noise. In the US, WSJ permits full free speech and in every blog. NYT is selective in which article it will permit comments. That has always been that way.