Saturday, January 30, 2010
PEOPLE who make a living off prostitution are liable for a jail term of six months while people caught hiring prostitutes can get jail terms of up to 12 years under the new Crime Decree.
The decree comes into effect next week and lists a set of penalties for things considered a crime with regard to prostitution.
Anybody found operating a brothel, or services which procure prostitution are liable for prosecution. The penalties are harsher when the crime involves people under the age of 18.
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre says bringing in tougher laws will help ease the problem of prostitution but will never eradicate it.
Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said squatters were making a living off prostitution, and that in some cases fathers dropped off their daughters at well known hang-outs for sex workers.
“It is a very old profession and goes back to so many years, and the poverty and lack of education for women is not helping either,” she said.
Ms Ali said prostitution was fuelled by men’s desire for sex.
“Even if the new laws with its harsher penalties take away the sex workers from the streets, there is a very high chance that prostitution will go underground,” she said.
She said the level of poverty in some areas was extreme, and the Centre was aware of cases where wives took up prostitution in order to take some money home.
“The men usually stay at home waiting for their grog and cigarette money, and the women provide for the whole family including sending the children to school,” she said.
In one case, a man living in Nausori with two wives has told them to either beg or sell themselves in order to buy his alcohol.
Under the new crime decree this crime is punishable by a prison sentence of 12 months. The decree also states that any person residing with a prostitute is also liable.
Punishment in regards to prostitution ranges from 12 years to three months in jail, and also includes fines.
Instead of worrying about the kalavos and the dau vei masi, the illegal regime should concentrate on trying to get the Nation back on its financial feet.
It’s all very well to lie about forecasts in economic growth as the RBF has been fond of doing since 5.12.06 when the illegal regime believes in their own spin, but to crack down on prostitution, it’s never going to happen.
This is another futile attempt at hiding glaring facts from the Nation.
Hey coupsters, banging down on prostitutes that most of you frequent, yeah those people who are trying to make a living in these really tough economic times caused by the illegal regime does not hide the fact that you’ve completely *%#&ed up the Nation, LITERALLY!
The enormity of the illegal regimes complete *%#& up is akin to the tragedy in Haiti, in the fact that it will take at least a decade if not more to restore our Nation of Fiji to any real state of economic recovery. Lucky for us here in Fiji we’ve been spared such a massive disaster as an earthquake that would really demolish any semblance of normality.
The earthquake in Haiti was a Natural disaster. The disaster in Fiji since 5.12.06 caused by the illegal regime was man made by some truly incompetent people.
Go coupsters and find the paedophiles who put youngsters in Fiji in grave danger as they prey on their vulnerability. Too easy eh, because the paedophiles are quick to buy you beer and cigarettes to go with your fried rice. Getting rid of paedophiles should be first on your ‘clean up campaign’ to do list, but it’s not going to happen because the most dangerous paedophiles in the South Pacific are right in the thick of the illegal regime, farter barr and those two fugly so called lawyers gates and pryde – euuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
Someone is watching you all …