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Red-light zones will harm Vietnamese morals

VietNamNet Bridge - While many people back the establishment of official red-light streets in Vietnam, as previously reported, many others worry about the impact of such a step on Vietnamese traditional morality. VietNamNet summarizes more letters from readers of the Phap Luat HCMC series.

 

Only “bosses” or those with illegal money in their pockets will patronize red-light streets. Is it right to buy poor girls’ bodies with cash? (hoanglinh…@yahoo.com).

Countries like Vietnam cannot suppress prostitution, whether it is legal or illegal. In our circumstances, I doubt we could legalize it effectively either.  We should maintain the current policy. Though it won’t get better, the government won’t completely lose control.

Things would get worse if prostitution is legalized. HIV will spread.  Families will be broken up.  More young people, especially those in cities and industrial zones, will wallow in red-light streets. Please don’t delude yourselves that you can control prostitution by making red-light zones. (Hung…@yahoo.com).

The “red-light street” idea is wholly unsuitable to Vietnam.  Prostitution has thrived for a long time but we can still control it up to a point. We should ask whether the authorities have done their best to combat prostitution.  We should ask whether the people really say “no” to prostitution or whether they covertly support it. (pokemon…@yahoo.com).

Who can be sure that after we have red-light streets, trafficking in virgin girls will be hindered? Apart from virtues, morals, custom and habits, what person will take the lead in persuading our people to support the idea of opening red-light zones?

I think that this idea won’t work in Vietnam.  Instead, the law should more seriously ban prostitution. Law enforcement must be tougher. This is very important.  We respect those families that uphold our traditional values. We are not Westerners. As the saying goes, Western people eat butter and milk; Vietnamese people eat rice and pho. We can’t apply all Western things in Vietnam.

Moreover, prostitution is not just a matter of poor people who have to sell their bodies to make a living. There are also many people who are lazy to do honest work and do this job to have money for their own indulgence. Such people would never agree to work in brothels, so the authorities will have to control both legal and illegal prostitutes. (…vantu@...)

We can’t open red-light zones because if we do so, we will acknowledge prostitution as a job. The fight against social evil is hard but we can’t surrender. Though evil has existed for thousands of years, that doesn’t mean that we have to accept its existence as a matter of course. (muathu…@yahoo.com.vn)

If you open red-light zones, no girls will work there because the number of professional prostitutes is far less than the number of amateur prostitutes, who want to remain anonymous and ‘underground.’ The red-light zones idea can’t possibly work. (nhan…@yahoo.com).

Someone said “a civilized society and an oriental country doesn’t accept brothels”. You seem to be serious, but do you think that China and Japan are uncivilized and don’t have traditions? I think it is hypocrisy when you say that meeting the demand for sex through prostitution is unacceptable. (hoang…@yahoo.com).

Some said that we ought to open red-light streets to earn more for the state budget. But for what? Is it acceptable to earn taxes from prostitutes? It is unbearable to take care of the country’s tasks by using money from our girls’ bodies (because old women can’t do this job). (duytan…@...fr)

I think we should take our time to analyze this odd notion (red-light zones). It is not right to reason that if we can’t ban a thing, we should make it legal. Corruption and robbery are also banned but they still exist. Should we also make these things legal? (nguyenngoclan…@yahoo.com)

Do you think that one day you can bear to see your sisters or your daughters in the red-light zones? Old men who are widowed ought to play sports at parks or chat with each other rather than visit brothels on red-light streets. (sangtran…@hotmail.com)

Though we know that prostitution has existed in Vietnam from the old times, society has always recognized its harmful aspects. It is absolutely unacceptable to experiment with legal red-light zones in Vietnam.

We can’t open them to just satisfy casual demand and we ought not say that we should open them because we can’t control prostitution. That treads on our tradition and social standards. If we accept prostitution, one day we will have to accept gambling and drugs. (vandinh…@gmail.com)

I’m living in Paris and I often visit my friends in other European countries, the US and Australia. In the red-light streets of these countries, most of the prostitutes are poor immigrant girls. In Vietnam, there are many poor girls. Once we have red-light streets, these poor girls can be drawn into brothels. I say no to red-light streets. (hungle…@yahoo.fr)

I cannot believe that intellectuals and lawmakers can agree to the establishment of red-light zones. Moral standards should be upheld by the law. What will we do if our sisters and daughters work as prostitutes and see it as a legal job?  What’s the impact on our thousand year-old standards, customs and habits?  Some say that we can’t root out prostitution, and I must agree with them. That doesn’t mean that we can live legally with it. (hesman…@yahoo.com).

I strongly protest the idea. We are a socialist country. Only capitalist countries where people exploit people can permit legal prostitution. (dieu…@yahoo.com.vn)

Sexual demand isn’t like eating or drinking or other human needs.  Buying sex with cash degrades human dignity and morals. It is unacceptable to open red-light zones. (…vinh@yahoo.com)

If you open red-light zones for female prostitutes, so we must also have a red-light zone for male prostitutes. You should not think that only men need sex. (…nguyen@yahoo.com).

Suppose we ban prostitution and rape rises?  Our current laws ban prostitution but it is still rampant. If we don’t control it, how quickly will it develop? I’m sure that it would be terrible because there are no jobs that earn money as fast as selling drugs and prostitution. (…thuan@gmail.com)

Anyone who supports establishment of red-light zones has to accept male prostitutes, too. (…tranphuong@yahoo.com.cn)

Someone said “if prostitution is banned, rape will increase.” That’s a superficial opinion. The law must be strict and clear. If red-light zones are only opened in cities, do you think that rural guys will catch a bus to visit brothels everytime they need sex?  Right. If you want to legalize prostitution, every commune, every ward needs its own red-light zone. (nguyenanhtuan…@gmail.com)

Thailand has red-light streets but HIV/AIDS remains rampant. Even if we have red-light zones, tax evasion will still be general. (thanh…@yahoo.com.vn)

The current law is correct. This discussion is pointless. (tongviet…@yahoo.com.vn)

Anybody who supports red-light streets should go home to open one in their own neighborhood. How can people see prostitution as a job? (calong…@yahoo.com.vn).

PV

 
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