'Legalise sex work and tax it'

An ANC MP has proposed that prostitution be legalised during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

An ANC MP has proposed that prostitution be legalised during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

"It is one of the things that would make it [the tournament] a success because we hear of many rapes, because people don't have access to them [women]," George Lekgetho told a meeting of the portfolio committee on arts and culture in Parliament yesterday.

His suggestion was met with a groans of protest and chuckles from other MPs.

"If sex work is legalised, people would not do things in the dark. That would bring us tax and would improve the lives of those who are not working," he added.

DA MP Sydney Opperman disagreed, saying one could not commercialise relationships.

"You cannot attach a price to the deepest union between a man and a woman and link it to our tax base," he said. - Sapa

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