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Minister Proposes Eliminating Prostitution Entirely

From today’s Al Watan / Daily Star:

Minister vows to eradicate prostitution

KUWAIT: Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber AlـKhaled AlـSabah on Wednesday pledged to eradicate prostitution and close down any brothels in all of Kuwait”s districts. He said that the ministry will not hesitate to take legal action against any person or official who does not accomplish his role in banning such unethical behavior.

“Kuwait”s territory means a lot to us, and I am extremely concerned about the entire country, not just one district,” said AlـKhalid.

Sheikh Jaber said that the ministry intends to launch a major campaign against brothels and prostitution, in order to end such phenomena in Kuwait. ـAgencies

My comment: I commend the Minister, and I admire his resolve. I hate prostitution; I hate the fakery involved, I hate what it does to the prostitutes, their futures, and how it damages family relations.

But how do you stop prostitution? How can you eliminate the supply, when the demand continues? Instead of the pathetic prostitutes and their demented pimps, perhaps the focus should be on the customers who encourage prostitution to exist?

June 13, 2008 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues |


  1. prostitution has been a prominent practice since even before the ottomon empire in the middle east. im glad some one cares about eradicating it, but it wont be so simple.

    Comment by Mrm | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Male hookers also?

    Comment by Purgatory | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. I agree with you… its easier said than done!
    on another note, I have work today 😦 I have to be there at 9:00 and I am still in bed *sobs*

    Comment by Ansam | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. I think they call it the oldest profession for a reason, Mrm. I can’t imagine how you eradicate it totally.

    He didn’t say, Purg. Who hires the male hookers, men? women?

    Ansam! I rescued you from Spam! Take it easy today, no one is looking!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  5. You’re so right, where there is demand, the natural market will find a way to offer a supply! I wouldn’t really know how to treat this, studies should be made to find out why there is such a high demand and somehow reduce that demand.

    Comment by N. | June 15, 2008 | Reply

  6. it’s been in this country for years. If someone files a runaway case on their housemaid the first place the cops would look for them are areas known for prostitution, as well as other places where they hang out. They know where it happens and nothing is done to stop them. They have so much proof I don’t understand why nothing is ever done? I doubt they can stop this entirely, it’s impossible to stop corruption!

    Comment by pearls | June 15, 2008 | Reply

  7. I’m curious as to how he intends to change human nature. Muslims are as inclined towards wrong-doing as the next person, and I think most of us can agree that prostitution isn’t healthy for anyone involved. However, they can make the punishment ugly enough that people think twice, I suppose. I wonder what a suitable punishment would be though?

    Comment by huda | June 21, 2008 | Reply

  8. If they manage to stop prostitution, the only real effect will be to increase the rate of violent sex crimes.

    Comment by expatintelligence | June 22, 2008 | Reply

  9. N. If you ever figure it out, would you let me know? We have similar big problems in the USA. It is not a victimless crime.

    Pearls – I don’t think it is Kuwait. It’s not called the world’s oldest profession for nothing.

    Huda – good point! I don’t know how it can be stopped. Especially where there are huge bachelor populations, but it isn’t just bachelors, is it?

    Expatintelligence – You think so? I think there is a pretty high rate already.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 26, 2008 | Reply

  10. I commend the Minister and admire his resolve.

    But how do you stop prostitution? If the employer can not even stop her employee doing prostitution. They have already enough proof that the employee did commit such crime but nothing happen.

    Comment by Kumar | July 27, 2008 | Reply

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