Apparently some countries don’t like the prostitution business that seems to spring up around American military installations overseas, especially South Korea and Japan.
Aggravated by the nonstop sex trafficking incidents involving Filipino women around the U.S. Military base in South Korea, the Philippine government decided to stop sending their women to the sex industry abroad.
Interesting wording. The Philippine government decided to stop sending “their women” to the sex industry abroad.
So starting in 2004, the Pentagon made it a court martial offense to patronize prostitutes, which of course, does nothing more than push it further underground making criminals out of the people we expect to put their lives on the line in war.
I recently read a book called “Hell in a Very Small Place” which is about the French battle at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam during the French Indochina War. Rather than punishing soldiers for their normal interest in sexual pursuits, the French actually arranged for mobile field brothels to supply their soldiers with Vietnamese prostitutes. Apparently they didn’t think that sex would tarnish their soldiers’ morals making them unfit to sacrifice their lives in battle.
Of course, as always, the U.S. government is too busy imposing their sense of morality under threat of prison to spend even a second dwelling on the futility of their policies and the harm they do. As was the case in the 30s with alcohol prohibition, almost all the problems people use to justify the banning of prostitution are in fact caused, not by the prostitution, but by the laws banning it.
It’s the height of hypocrisy for a government to send a soldier off in the prime of his life to risk his life to protect us and then deny them harmless pleasures in the name of morality.