Good women, bad women: prostitution in Pakistan

Fouzia Saeed

in International approaches to prostitution

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302612 | DOI:
Good women, bad women: prostitution in Pakistan

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This chapter describes the prostitution in Pakistan, highlighting the impact that rising religious fundamentalism has had on prostitutes' lives and laws. It first addresses the general conditions of Pakistani women. The chapter then reports the various efforts and views of different stakeholders on prostitution, namely the state and the Pakistani government; communities of prostitutes; activists; and academics. Moreover, a brief discussion on why women join this profession is presented, followed by an explanation of why they cannot leave it at their will. The common perspectives about prostitution that exist in Pakistani society focus either on eradication or reform of the profession. Finally, the chapter considers the future trends and directions, both within the trade of prostitution and related to the efforts undertaken to address it.

Keywords: prostitution; Pakistan; laws; Pakistani women; religious fundamentalism; Pakistani government

Chapter.  9064 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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