Former government Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has strongly opposed suggestions that prostitution should be legalized.
Flood-Beaubrun declared last night that prostitution is not work.
She said work is supposed to, not only put money on the table, but provide an opportunity for growth and development.
The former Minister asserted that work is also supposed to dignify a person, which prostitution does not.
She recalled that as Minister of Home Affairs she had an opportunity to read files pertaining to women who were brought here and forced to work at strip clubs.
“Some of them are forced to work at these clubs to pay off debts to the people who brought them in because even without foreknowledge, they are told they have to work to pay the air fare or the rent,” Flood-Beaubrun said.
The former Castries Central MP disclosed that when the women get here, sometimes their passports are taken from them.
“They are denied essential things that they need,” she told Host – Timothy Poleon, during Newsmaker Live last night on DBS Television.
Flood-Beaubrun disclosed that some of the women were brought here expecting to do domestic work.
She asserted that human trafficking is a very serious issue, aptly described as modern day slavery.
She declared that in prostitution, it is the pimp, the person who trafficked the women, that profits from the exploitation of the females.
“A lot of people calling for the legalization of prostitution are not thinking about the needs of those women,” Flood-Beaubrun said.
The former Minister spoke of the need to create more opportunities for women to be gainfully employed.
“It is possible,” she asserted.