Two women in HCM City have just been caught red handed for alledgely having sexual activities with two male sex workers. Images of the women were featured in newspapers and on many news websites.
While prostitution has long been reported in the mass media in Viet Nam, this is the first time people who buy sex have been put in the spotlight. Most of those who buy sex are men but in this case the customers happen to be women. In the past, it was the female sex workers who received most attention instead of their male customers.
It seems there is a prejudice, especially in the media, when it comes to reporting on the causes of prostitution.
Prostitution is illegal in Viet Nam but there is still an argument over whether it is the customers or sex workers themselves that should be punished.
So far, many female sex workers have been sent to rehabilitation centre, while sending those who buy sex to such centres is unheard of. Is it unfair to consider women as the cause of prostitution? What do you think about prostitution? If prostitution is illegal, what forms of punishment and measures are the best?
How is prostitution managed in your country?
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