Prostitution; a reality that continues to exist in Egypt

October 6, 2016

Lobna Wassim

Alamia News

It is a fact, a reality whether the Egyptian society decides to admit it or not, a double sided weapon that comes with its pros and cons, the pros as debated before that its legalization might decrease sexual harassments. It might also ensure the rights for the customer and client against abuse, whether physical or verbal, and lessen sexually transmitted diseases.

The negatives on the other side are many, but first of all one must keep in mind that the Egyptian society is a mix of both conservatism, poverty, and a cultural background that decides for itself what is right and wrong. Therefore, it is very difficult to convince people with any positivity that comes to it.

Before discussing any further let’s bring some facts to the table, prostitution was legalized in Egypt in 1882, during the British occupation and most widely seen between 1929-1958. Furthermore, in 1949 the government has issued a law to abolish all whorehouses.

The question is why did the British decide to monitor such business?

It is because they were afraid that disease would spread among soldier, so they made sure to monitor, and provide health safety tests.

It is important to note that human trafficking, is a serious problem linked to this business in a way or another. Young girls are forced into this business, without their own will which then creates severe traumatic psychological disorders. Moreover, it helps spread sexually transmitted diseases which is often left untreated by the young girls families due to the fact that the whole issue is a taboo itself.

Keeping this business ongoing without supervision will not only help promote other serious problems, but will promote crimes, and will fail to protect women that are forced into this business since basically the whole thing is unmonitored.

The other challenging fact is that this business will continue to exist, due to the fact that a lot of women in Egypt are suffering from severe economic problems and are make a living out of it. Which then makes women more vulnerable, and less aware of the possible diseases and safety measures that needs to be done.

Making it legal or illegal is a difficult decision, in a country where a normal citizen can barely demand for his basic rights, however, it would not be completely right to say that leaving such business unmonitored is the right thing to do.

The bottom line is that prostitution will most likely continue to exist in Egypt, because not only sex is a normal urge but because women are suffering from high poverty rates, and some of them will do anything to keep their lives going.

The government will never be able to stop it, at the same time is refusing to accept it.

If Egypt is incapable of legalizing it then it should at least pass new laws and regulations protecting young women from this business, “ to refuse to debate a problem is to never find a solution”.