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article imageShould prostitution be legalised in Botswana?

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By Samuel Okocha
Dec 2, 2010 in World
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Some politicians in Botswana called on the southern African country to consider legalising prostitution to fight against HIV.
Botswana is said to have a high prevalence of HIV, and equally known for being proactive in the campaign against HIV/Aids.
"My opinion is: We should consider looking at it because it is there - we should as government take the initiative to do something to help these workers," A deputy minister Botlogile Tshireletso, told the BBC.
According to the BBC, despite research findings which show that infection rates are high along commercial truck routes [where prostitution thrives], there is an unwillingness to legalise brothels.
"Firstly the majority view is very clear, Botswana is against the legislation making illegal sex work a legal economic activity," Opposition leader Dumelang Saleshando agreed said. "But at the same time you can't ignore it… the industry itself is one of the drivers of the virus".
A BBC investigation revealed that commercial sex workers are at an increasing risk because of the illegal tag placed on their trade.
"[Legalising sex work] will help us to stand up for our rights… and get support for HIV and Aids," one sex worker in Ledumadumane, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Gaborone, said.
Another commercial sex worker told the BBC: "I know I'm not safe because when I'm doing it outdoors I can get raped or even the client can rob me."
Continued argument
"If it [prostitution] is legalised, more people are going to engage in commercial sex, which means there'll be more infections," one woman said.
But a few men reportedly favoured the legalisation of prostitution in Botswana."It should be legalised because it's a lot harder to govern something you don't have the statistics on," one told BBC's reporter.
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