Legalise prostitution, Malawi MP suggests: ‘Many people depending on sex trade’

Malawi has been urged to recognise commercial sex work, make sure it has different support systems … have a designated area, register people who should subjected to periodic health tests as one way of combating the spread of HIV and Aids, a legislature has said.

Sex workers

Karonga Central Member of Parliament (MP) Frank Mwenifumbo made the remarks during his contribution to the HIV and Aids (Prevention and Management) Bill which was developed by the Malawi Law Commission in 2008 to provide an institutional framework for effective regulation of the prevention and management of the HIV and Aids epidemic in Malawi.

“In Malawi, it is difficult to recognise that prostitution and commercial sex is there. We see young ladies and young men standing along our streets for this purpose. Why can we not legalise it? We are in denial and yet it is there in the open that we have people depending on commercial sex,” said Mwenifumbo.

He said the country should have legalise sex workers “so that for them to be given a certificate to be a sex worker they must agree to compulsory testing”.

The bill had proposed compulsory testing but it has since been amended.

Mwenifumbo also urged Ministry of Health and to create a very effective database for those of us who are on ART to be captured in the ministry’s database with the national IDs.

He said the piece of legislation should curb the spread of HIV.

Mwenifumbo said HIV/Aids is “very retrogressive” and is impacting on Malawi economy and social development of other country.

“So it is a must that we must do something about it, he said.

Several human rights organisations, including Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (Chreaa), aWomen Lawyers Association of Malawi (WLA) and Coalition of Women Living with HIV and Aids (Cowlha), had condemned the painting of women as carriers of the virus that causes Aids.

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Abiti
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Ok kuti mudziwatenga bwino munsewumu eti… Yanu ija a Mwenefumbo

Jesus is Lord
Guest

In other words, Frank Mwenifumbo wants to be able to legally pay women or men for sex.

Morgan
Guest

May be I fail to understand hon frank. Malonda nkusasa if you legalize prostitution, those women will parade themselves naked in towns. What will Malawi become of? Give a man a metre he will go to a mile. We know some pipo survive on chamba selling.should we also legalise the same provided we have guild lines? We need to be so careful with what we want as a nation.

Safari
Guest

The problem with MWENEFUMBO is that he wants to be seen kuti amalankhula mu parliament whether it is from his shit or not.
HE is really a political vendor as alleged …Learn to keep quite Hon.

123
Guest
That is madness we are already tired of these deaths caused by HIV and AIDS pandemic yet somebody an MP for that matter, the whole MP in his right senses standing up and saying” let us legalise sex trade in our country”, do you know what you are asking for? The fact that it is happening in our country but that does not give us a mandate to regalise it, wrong is wrong it will never be right, in other words what you are saying that because there is too much stealing in our country as the number of inmates… Read more »
Nganiza Muthulika
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This is why Malawi is a failure state. People like this should not be in politics. U call Malawi a Christian country have does a Christian nation legalise sex for money? Abale u christian wabwanji? Malawi is evil nation with wichcraft, albino killing, genital cutting etc. These are against Christianity. Corruption is sin too. Amatiseka wantu wakucholo kwino.we are dirty in mind.

Kandawe
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Kkkkk

pida
Guest

Mwenifumbo,I think upstairs you are not okay.

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