Calls For Legalizing Prostitution Ahead Of World Cup Heard Globally

October 12, 2009

South Africa (ChattahBox) – With the World Cup being hosted by South Africa next year, many are calling for the legalization and screening of prostitutes in the country to protect visitors and locals from spreading HIV/AIDS.

According to a recent study, it is believed that as many as 50% of the region’s sex workers are infected with the HIV/AIDS strain. The high percentage has caused alarm for officials who believe that the World Cup will lead to drunken promiscuity, and a possible spread of the virus.

“Interim legalisation of prostitution would be best for the country, rather than leaving it uncontrolled,” Professor Ian Sanne of the HIV research department at Witwatersrand University was quoted by the Guardian.

“Sex workers need to register with a board that will regulate their practice and give certification to practice, but they have to go through a mandatory HIV testing process first, and only those who test negative will be allowed to practice.”

The legalization would lead to harsher crackdowns for unregistered prostitutes in the country, and would keep anyone with HIV or other spreadable STD’s from practicing their trade.

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