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Unemployed of Armenia become streetwalkers2012-06-25 19:19
The problem of prostitution in Armenia has long matured, but the relevant state bodies are not taking visible action to address it. Prostitution is illegal in the country, but in reality there are lots of representatives of this ancient profession and their number is increasing every year. The main reasons for the growth of prostitution and its dissemination, according to the psychologists and social workers, are poor socio-economic situation of people (one third of the population lives below the poverty line), the distortion of values and lack of public morals.
The question of legalization or prohibition
Public figures are of the opinion that prostitution in Armenia should be legalized and highly taxed, or actually prohibit and punish the violators to the fullest extent of the law. Such opinion was expressed by the head of Yerevan Puppet Theatre Ruben Babayan and a member of the opposition party "Armenian National Movement" (ANM) Hovhannes Igityan at a meeting with journalists in Yerevan.
With the legalization of prostitution, according to the speakers, in Armenia, as well as in many other countries, houses of prostitution, where all the hygienic conditions will be strictly complied, will open. This would ensure both the protection of women against violence, and protection of visitors from various sexually transmitted diseases. "But I do advocate a ban on prostitution, because after all we are talking about the health of society", Babayan said.
This problem, according to Babayan, should be considered not as part of human rights, but through the prism of public interest, which really suffers. "The public interest suffers from the inaction of the competent authorities, and the concept of family as the basic unit of society gradually becomes diluted, which leads to the degradation of society as a whole", the Head of the Puppet Theatre of Yerevan stressed.
Who benefits from the prostitution?
Both speakers are far from the view that prostitution must be fought "with a bludgeon". It can be prevented by creating an appropriate atmosphere of public hostility toward it, as well as effective legal framework. The spread of prostitution, according to Igityan and Babayan, indirectly stimulates the non-feasance of those government agencies that are designed to combat this phenomenon. "It also shows the connection of prostitution with these structures. Presence of prostitution is beneficial to those who are intended to combat this phenomenon, but does not do this, since this "craft" is a source of specific revenue for them", Babayan said.
In this regard, he presented his own recipe to make society healthier, which is culture, he says. Culture is a kind of a mean to protect society from "corrosion and degradation". If there is no promotion of culture in national life, you should not complain about the crisis of public morality and degradation, he said.
Causes and dissemination