We all know that the youth unemployment rate in Botswana is high, I mean 1 out of 3 graduates get employed within a year and some send application letters left right and center with no avail. For some their degrees just rot at home.
I’ve written about this before and even talked about it on the youth affair show on Yarona fm. Some people say the government is not doing enough, some say those holding top positions (who are mainly elders) don’t want to make way for young ones while some say the youth are just too lazy and they want to be spoon fed. Well, basically youth are accused of wanting the poor government to do everything for them.
Anyhow, I had a chat with a couple of my friends about this issue, you know, the cause of this problem and the way forward. Now one of my bold friend then said something really ear catching, interesting I tell ya, well that’s him, always has something extraordinary to say.
So this friend of mine said he feels our government is limiting us, with its many rules and laws. I then asked him why he said this and well, he said looking at the problem at hand, which is youth unemployment, things like prostitution should be legalized as some people do this to generate some sort of income to feed themselves and those they are responsible for.
I then looked at him silently for about 10 seconds trying to digest what he had just proposed. After a few more seconds I then saw where he was getting at, I mean looking at our current state, maybe legalizing prostitution wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
Ok, I know probably most of you reading this article are thinking I must be out of mind right? I know for a fact that issues like prostitution are certainly issues of morality and people’s morals vary form one person to the next. And one other thing that is most common is that we look at things in a subject manner and not objectively which really is one of the reasons that we are so behind.
I mean really think about this, do you think that a person in their right state of mind would just stand in the night, the cold night and wait for someone to pull over and have sex with them for P50 if she hadn’t tried other means of income generation?
I don’t think so guys, tota fela motho o a bo a feletswe! Don’t get me wrong, prostitution is something that I don’t condone, personally, but who am I to judge. I know an HIV free generation is what we are all striving for and prostitution could somehow pull us back. But really guys, who doesn’t know about HIV nowadays, who doesn’t know about condoms, who doesn’t know that when having unprotected sex with multiple partners puts them under the risk of contracting HIV? Unless you’ve been leaving under the rock for the past 15 years then you are an exception.
Like I mentioned earlier, I certainly don’t condone prostitution and I certainly wouldn’t want any of my family nor my friends to engage in such but really maybe it’s not such a bad idea. There’s no easy to say this but really, people who sell their bodies for money can’t seriously be doing it for fun. Unless you can feed the sex workers and their families or create employment opportunities for them then maybe you could object and help them out, but if you can’t then why criticize. At the end of the day, they are trying to make ends meet just like you are. What do you think?
Look out for the pros and cons of prostitution in the next article.