Public morality: Sweden and Egypt set new standard

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Subject: Public morality: Sweden and Egypt set new standard
From: Tanya Foundation (Tanya@tesco.net)
Date: Sun Jan 24 1999 - 09:12:29 EST


I recently received two newpapers extracts regarding consenting adults being prosecuted for negotiating aspects of an adult relationship in public.

The parrallels between the differrent States' imposition of acceptable moral practice is intriguing. What is it about adult human sexuality and especially female sexuality that requires state control and oppression rather than tolerance and support ?

Rather than "protecting" women with such legislation which only appears to restrict them. We should ensure that women have greater powers to deal more equitably with other powerful interests.

I am really concerned that the eventual "solution" to "trafficking" will be to protect poor, uneducated, young women and women of "suspect" morals and intentions by denying them the right to travel by any number of devices.

John Davies

Subject: First sex-buyer charged in Sweden
Organization: Copyright 1999 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 14:56:22 PST

   STOCKHOLM, Jan 16 (AFP) - Sweden's first charges for attempting
to buy sexual services, which has been a criminal offence since
January 1, were filed Saturday in the southern city of Malmoe, the
TT news agency reported.
   Since introduction of the new law that made purchasing sexual
services a criminal offense, three men have been arrested while
negotiating with prostitutes.
   On Saturday, a man was charged in the city court in Malmoe for
attempting to buy sexual services. He was also charged for drunk
driving, and pleaded guilty to both charges.
   The law, which went into force on January 1, is aimed at
protecting women by punishing those who try to buy sex with either
fines or up to six months in prison.

Subject: Kissing couple ordered jailed in Egypt
Organization: Copyright 1999 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 15:03:09 PST

   ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jan 16 (AFP) - An unmarried couple caught
kissing in public were sentenced this week to one year in prison
under Egypt's morality laws, judicial officials said Saturday.
   Noha Ali and her boyfriend Magdi Abderahim were locked in a
passionate embrace outside the courthouse in the Mediterranean city
of Alexandria in May 1997, oblivious to everything and everyone
around them.
   A prosecutor who witnessed the kiss alerted colleagues who
lodged legal proceedings against them for committing "an indecent
act in public," a judicial official said.
   It took the court nearly two years to hand down its verdict but
the two are appealing.

I recently received two newpapers extracts regarding consenting adults being prosecuted for negotiating aspects of an adult relationship in public.
 
The parrallels between the differrent States' imposition of acceptable moral practice is intriguing. What is it about adult human sexuality and especially female sexuality that requires state control and oppression rather than tolerance and support ?
 
Rather than "protecting" women with such legislation which only appears to restrict them. We should ensure that women have greater powers to deal more equitably with other powerful interests.
 
I am really concerned that the eventual "solution" to "trafficking" will be to protect poor, uneducated, young women and women of "suspect" morals and intentions by denying them the right to travel by any number of devices.
 
John Davies
 
Subject: First sex-buyer charged in Sweden
Organization: Copyright 1999 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 14:56:22 PST

   STOCKHOLM, Jan 16 (AFP) - Sweden's first charges for attempting
to buy sexual services, which has been a criminal offence since
January 1, were filed Saturday in the southern city of Malmoe, the
TT news agency reported.
   Since introduction of the new law that made purchasing sexual
services a criminal offense, three men have been arrested while
negotiating with prostitutes.
   On Saturday, a man was charged in the city court in Malmoe for
attempting to buy sexual services. He was also charged for drunk
driving, and pleaded guilty to both charges.
   The law, which went into force on January 1, is aimed at
protecting women by punishing those who try to buy sex with either
fines or up to six months in prison.

Subject: Kissing couple ordered jailed in Egypt
Organization: Copyright 1999 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 15:03:09 PST

   ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jan 16 (AFP) - An unmarried couple caught
kissing in public were sentenced this week to one year in prison
under Egypt's morality laws, judicial officials said Saturday.
   Noha Ali and her boyfriend Magdi Abderahim were locked in a
passionate embrace outside the courthouse in the Mediterranean city
of Alexandria in May 1997, oblivious to everything and everyone
around them.
   A prosecutor who witnessed the kiss alerted colleagues who
lodged legal proceedings against them for committing "an indecent
act in public," a judicial official said.
   It took the court nearly two years to hand down its verdict but
the two are appealing.


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