The ongoing impasse regarding commercial sex workers has been resolved temporarily with an interim arrangement of the Public Health, Social Development and Labour Ministry (see related story). The old exotic dancer permits have been adjusted to prevent abuse, so Government isn’t facilitating human trafficking.
Changes include the brothel and strip club owners not offering recruits loans or advances up front that increase their dependency and put them in a vulnerable position. The women also can terminate their working agreements at any time and their passports no longer will be held by the employers.
This practical solution was prompted by a court ruling, but seems reasonable enough. The businesses involved are able to keep going, while the “adult entertainers” should be a bit more protected than they used to be.
However, the intention is still to ultimately have the Ministries of Justice and of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) develop a new policy. The idea of a special single entrepreneur or vendor licence has been mentioned, but there are many drawbacks, including less supervision through the clubs, stimulating street prostitution, lack of medical checks, etc.
Not everyone may want to hear it, but maintaining the now-adapted current system is probably the most realistic and feasible option in the long run as well.
Source: Daily Herald
Realistic and feasible