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Geetanjali Gangoli and Nicole Westmarland

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346728

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346728.001.0001

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Good women, bad women: prostitution in Pakistan

Good women, bad women: prostitution in Pakistan

(p.140) (p.141) Seven Good women, bad women: prostitution in Pakistan
International approaches to prostitution

Fouzia Saeed

Policy Press

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

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