"Calls are growing for South Africa to legalise prostitution ahead of next year's football World Cup in an effort to limit HIV infection among millions of fans visiting the country for the tournament. [...] Professor Ian Sanne, head of the clinical HIV research unit at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University, said the party atmosphere being touted by the football authorities, travel companies and the South African government was a green light to alcohol abuse and promiscuity among fans next summer. [...] Sanne said not only would the visitors be at risk, but young South Africans and the sex workers too, opening the way for the virus to spread at a dramatically increased rate. "HIV/Aids is a problem globally and there is a great need to encourage and enforce better health and responsibility, especially to the young South Africans who could be at risk during the World Cup," he said. He called for legal frameworks to regulate the practice of sex workers rather than discriminate against them."Beyond the substantial public health benefits of decriminalization, we have the basic moral and legal principle that free choice is what should dominate any exchange between consenting adults. Whether money or love is involved ought to be entirely up to them. The officious organs of the state should just get out of the way.
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