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Prostitute at sixteen years in Switzerland and it’s legal!

Reading Le Matin Bleu the other day made me feel blue. That’s ok because a moment later I started seeing red and heated up a bit.

Why?

The story of the day was the fact that in the whorehouses of Zurich girls as young as sixteen are being offered to clients. What is more upsetting is the fact that it is legal.

In Switzerland the legal age of sexual maturity is fixed at sixteen. Therefore, it is legal for a girl (yes, girl) of sixteen to prostitute her body. I find this very upsetting.

What is more upsetting is that there is an important glitch in all of this legality. Le Matin online reports:

Remarque de spécialiste: la loi suisse qui n’interdit pas la prostitution des mineurs semble en contradiction avec les conventions internationales signées par notre pays: «La convention 182 [de l'Organisation internationale du Travail] interdit justement la prostitution des mineurs».

Basic translation: The Swiss law does not forbid the prostitution of minors. However, it is in contradiction with International Labor Conventions signed by Switzerland. The Convention 182 (Convention concerning the prohibition and immediate action for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, Geneva, June 17, 1999) forbids the prostitution of minors.

I think that the prostitution of minors should be legally stopped and it should be done immediately. I can not for the life of me understand why the Swiss allow such a horrible thing to happen in what I (and the world) thought of as a modern and intelligent country.

The prostitution of minors isn’t a modern or progressive way of thinking. It is not intelligent.

Even more to the point it is not moral even if it is legal by Swiss law. Shouldn’t the laws of a country protect the children of that country?

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  • Natasha August 23, 2007, 4:16 pm

    These people who voted to legalize this law, they are as sick in mind as those paedophiles.

  • Pumpkin August 23, 2007, 7:12 pm

    I don’t and can’t understand why it is allowed to go on and that is why I wrote a post about it. If enough people talk, write and are upset about this then it will put pressure on the Swiss authorities to change the law. I don’t think the majority of Swiss are ok with this.

    However, these girls continue to be offered up in Zurich! I hope that the world will get a hold of this story and put international pressure on Switzerland. I cound not find one article in English on the internet about this. Not one.

    If you are reading this and have a blog…blog about it!

  • Julie August 25, 2007, 10:02 pm

    I can’t believe it! That it really bad!

  • Mac Dre October 27, 2008, 10:29 pm

    Maybe people in switzerland are more intelligent than the people who uphold ‘certain morals and standards’ in lieu of respecting the people of sovereign nation’s decisions.

  • David October 27, 2008, 10:34 pm

    Whatever your views on the matter, legally it would be quite hard to set the age of sexual maturity at sixteen then forbid a person from having consensual sex with anyone, whether money is involved or not. And no, because 18 is the legal age in the US doesn’t mean it is the one right age and that everyone should follow suit. Different cultures, different situations, different rules.

  • Pumpkin October 28, 2008, 10:34 am

    As I stated above there is a contradiction (or a better wording would be there is a gap) between Swiss law and Convention 182 which was SIGNED by Switzerland and is to to protect children until the age of 18.

    It is until the age of 21 in France and Germany which is three years past the age in the States.

    You can read more here.

    Regardless, it isn’t right that a sixteen year old is prostituting…a 16 year old is a CHILD. They are not emotionally ready to make such a decision. I see them as victims of adults that should be protecting them and not exploiting them.

    I never wrote this from a point of view as an American. I wrote it from the point of view as a woman, human being and a mother. And, even though I live in Switzerland I do have the RIGHT to say what I think or believe about something that is going on here. No where is it written on my Permit that I must follow like a blind sheep. It is a democracy in Switzerland with the right of free speech and thought…if it wasn’t I wouldn’t be living here or raising my children here. I would also never expect someone living in the States that is not an American citizen to not be able to express their opinions about America. It is called being intelligent.

    I don’t think that this is something that most Swiss want. All the Swiss I know wouldn’t agree that a 16 year old should be a prostitute. Seriously, who would??? I would question what their motives are.

    I wrote this post based off of an article in Matin Blue which is a SWISS paper that was arguing this controversial subject. From the articles I read about it this SWISS paper read all over Switzerland doesn’t support 16 year old prostitution.

    I think that anyone with any common sense can see that it isn’t a good thing.

  • Steve December 14, 2008, 8:04 pm

    Well,
    I heard it just today on the television or radio ,can’t remember which, before heading to church.
    Laying the question of prostituion aside for the moment; children in the US, and in western civilization in general are maturing much slower than years before (I mean in the all important area of responsibility and self-lessness.In sexal “appearance” they are maturning more rapidly) I would think at the very least, the age for general consent should be at least 18; for prostitution, if it is legal in an area, 21; and for voting 21.
    We raised the age for alcohol about 20 years ago to 21 in the US. It was the silliest and most radical of times c.1970 that we reduced the voting age to 18. And, go figure, the young always have the lowest turnout at elections. They are just too ignorant, selfish, and irresponsible.
    As an age is needed, since there are no easily administered tests for maturity, I’d go for 21 across the board.
    It won’t be long before we can legally abuse girls who have the lightest bit of pubic hair, or the smallest budding of her breasts. Yes, 10,11 and so on will soon be a tolerated age for the individual consent of a child to have sex. Very soon. It is already becoming more and more pushed and alledgedly acceptable to not refer to sex with child of this age as child molestation,; yet 18 year olds are still quite immature.
    It is not facetious to accept sexual play with even younger child to be legal in various countries within the next decade.

    Are the Swiss too consumed with being quiet; trying not to cause an argument over anything? Is the country too filled with Rich perverts, and sex obessesed people in general?
    What ever happened to the Switzerland of Catholicism and Calvinism? Of Republicanism; Of strong people ready to sacrifice and die for their liberty? Do Swiss soldiers only put on puffy pants and pretend to protect the Pope these days, while once upon a time they were the strongest of soldiers? Has the Neutrality of Switzerland caused them not to really care about the world around them except in financial terms? Remember, Belgium was declared neutral at the same time as Switzerland; but remember what happened as soon as it was inconvenient for Germany to concern themselves about Belgium’s neutrality, and they twice rolled through that low country.

    A world gone to self absorbed self-indulgence.
    -Steve

  • Johan C February 5, 2009, 3:41 pm

    Man, single, and yes I do visit prostutes on an irregular basis.
    Yes 16-17 too young. 18 -19 equally so.
    Not sure about the statement on Germany, I know there are plenty of girls there who are 18 or 19.

    The Swiss may say that they have no laws on prostition. But I bet that, like many other countries they do have laws against minors doing dangerous or demanding work and also on hourse they are allowed to work. I’d say prostitution for minors can be banned on these grounds as well. Or they can put this in child protection laws. They can remedy this even without a “prostitution”law.

    And ofcourse there is a catch for foreigners: many countries, including my own liberal Holland , regard it as illegal and punishable if you sollicit the services of a prostitute abroad who is of an age not legal in your “home country”eve if legal in the prostitutes country.

  • Johan C February 5, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Ohh, it seems like at least the Swiss travel agents are on the right track….
    http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/switzerland_46990.html

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