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Article from theepochtimes.com (google translated)



Guest workers raises the prostitution debate in Greenland

On the small Greenlandic resort Maniitsoq has a proposal to open brothels to serve foreign workers, which it hopes to get there, sparked a national debate.

Not only the taboo issue of prostitution has come up on the table, but also what happens to a society that suddenly grows to twice its size because of immigrant labor. 

Maniitsoq is located on the west Greenland.There lives around 2800 people, but employment is a problem, and society are being depopulated. 

- Many young people have moved to other places to get a job, so the population of Maniitsoq decreases, says Social Democratic parliamentary Commissioner Karl Lyberth. 

Now would be the company Alcoa establish an aluminum industry in Greenland. Allegedly, they expect to need around 2000 people to build the smelter it plans Maniitsoq, which according to Karl Lyberth also would solve the town's unemployment problem. Today it has about 300 job seekers. 

Construction of the plant will take between two and three years and require about 2000 workers from outside. Most will be Chinese men. Some believe that it would be problematic to place as many foreign workers in the region. 

Soren Lyberth, hoteliers and former mayor of Maniitsoq, worry that crime such as rape and abuse will increase. He therefore proposed that Maniitsoq to open a brothel in order to reduce its risk. 

- There is nothing new to bring in prostitutes. It is known from military bases in this country, said Soren Lyberth in an interview with Greenland Post Office, where he also said that a brothel "orderly" could be a part of taking care of the problem of covering guest workers "need".

Soren Lyberth imagined that the prostitutes, as well as smelter workers, would come from other countries, although he did not think one should "stand in the way of" local women who wanted to prostitute themselves. He also thinks that the possibility of there money to be a brothel, and that Greenland is one of the few countries in the world that does not have an organized prostitution. 

Soren Lyberths statement has attracted national debate on the sparsely populated island, which only has about 57 000 inhabitants in total. 

Naaja Nathanielsen, sitting in the Greenland Parliament, the council of the largest party, the Left Inuit Ataqatigiit, has opposed Soren Lyberths idea of ​​organized prostitution and said there is something she wants the Greenlandic society. She, like others, welcome, however, a discussion of this issue, which has been taboo. 

- We must have a strategy. We can not ignore the fact that there will be sexual relationships, which can lead to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. We also can not be completely certain that there will be no prostitution. So we should be talking about prevention, and how we engage. But the debate should not be based on the false assumption that men's sex drive is something that can not possibly be tamed, or that men have higher sex drive than women, she said to Greenland Post. 

Selling sex is prohibited by the Greenlandic law, and according to Johan Davidsen, poliskommissare in Qeqqata, the municipality Maniitsoq belongs, prostitution has never been a major problem in Greenland, and they do not know of any cases of prostitution. 

Karl Lyberth do not think prostitution will be a problem when and if Alcoa starts building the smelter. 

- There will not be any brothel in Maniitsoq, residents are strongly opposed to it. I know that this discussion is going, but honestly I do not think there will be no prostitution. 

Soren Lyberth did not comment on his statements further when Epoch Times examined him.


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