THE country's largest organisation representing more than 280,000 Hindus, the Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji is against the idea of legalising the sex trade in the country.
Sabha's national secretary Vijendra Prakash told this newspaper that the statement by the acting permanent secretary for Health, Doctor Josefa Koroivueta to legalise sex work in order to remove discrimination against sex workers was wrong.
Mr Prakash said the Sabha taught its followers moral values based on religious texts for balanced behaviour and the idea of legalising sex work contradicted the teachings.
"People should continue to live their lifestyle in the way their ancestors have brought them. People should not consider entering into prostitution," he said.
Mr Prakash said the Sabha does not condone the behaviour of prostitutes and the view to legalise the sex trade. "We believe in a pure relationship that is legal and based on understanding of partners," he said.
He said more awareness should be carried out in communities so that people do not enter into prostitution.