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Report No. 64

3A.2. Repressive measures why hampered.-

It has been stated1 that repressive measures2 against prostitution are hampered by three main considerations; the persistent demand for exclusive physical satisfaction which the prostitute offers; the existence of a type of women who is drawn to prostitution her psycho-neutrotic make up; and the social attitude towards sex. The modern view3 is that the underlying causes of prostitution today are not economic but psychological, though this does not apply to the period of religious prostitution, or to the period when prostitution was generally condoned, or when no other means of livelihood was open to indigent women. Socio-economic factors are still important in borderline cases.

But, with a few exception,4 prostitutes show an anti-masculine attitude so strong as to be psychcneurotic and, for them, the performance of the love act for payment constitutes self-assertion, while at the same time they derive satisfaction from the unique 'independence' of their profession. This inner coercion applies equally to the so-called white slave trade, in which the 'slaves' are generally free agents. Significantly,5 a survey of 100 prostitutes revealed that married men constituted 70-80% of their clients. It is, therefore, possible to conclude that today prostitution is a necessary evil largely because of an unlightened social attitude resulting in a general lack of understanding of the true place of sex in marriage and in life.

1. Chambers Encyclopaedia (1961), Vol. II, pp. 258-259.

2. Para. 3A.1(c), supra.

3. Chambers Encyclopaedia, (1961), Vol. II, pp. 258-259.

4. Chambers Encyclopaedia, (1961), Vol. II, p. 259.

5. Note Criminal Law, (1959), Vol. 228, Law Times, pp. 136, 137.

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