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Legalise sex trade

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

HEALTH authorities want sex work legalised to remove discrimination against what some say is the oldest trade in history.

This was confirmed to The Fiji Times by the Ministry of Health's acting permanent secretary, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, yesterday.

"For many years sex work has been regarded as illegal in the country," he said.

"We need to address this so that sex workers do not face discrimination."

Dr Koroivueta said Fiji was working towards a human rights-based approach and discrimination of sex workers was against human rights.

"We have a HIV/AIDS Decree that is human rights based and does not discriminate.

"The issue in Fiji is that the sex workers become non-compliance when it comes to human rights," Dr Koroivueta said.

He said the new legislation for sex workers would be in compliance with the HIV/AIDS Decree and totally based on human rights principles. Dr Koroivueta said the new legislation should be ready by next year.





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