Sex workers need to be protected

I support the enlightened views in last Sunday's editorial ("Plight of the sex worker").

Sex workers do not relish their work; most if not all enter the profession with reluctance. Those I have met have a litany of sorrows and tell tales of woe. Those with HIV resist medical care and hide their suffering. This is also a public health issue as sexually transmitted diseases can be spread.

Sex workers are human too and need to be protected from being further abused by their customers. They are not objects of pleasure; they are someone's sister, child or parent.

It must be appreciated that the authorities are encouraging them to go for regular medical check-ups and offering medical assistance. But more needs to be done and regulated. The trafficking of sex workers needs to be checked.

Yap Kim Hao (Rev Dr)

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