GENEVA (ILO News) - Prostitution in Southeast Asia has grown so rapidly in recent decades that the sex business has assumed the dimensions of a commercial sector, one that contributes substantially to employment and national income in the region, according to a new report * published by the Geneva-based International Labour Office. [....] What is to be done?
The report says that "measures targeting the sex sector have to consider moral, religious, health, human rights and criminal issues in addressing a phenomenon that is mainly economic in nature." A major hurdle to the formulation of effective policy and programme measures to deal with prostitution has been "that policy makers have shied away from directly dealing with prostitution as an economic sector."
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