is Buddhist attitude towards prostitution?
Every time when I attended an international conference abroad
I was asked: why does Thailand with its population of 60 millions
and 94% of which are Buddhists still have so many prostitutes?
Even women travelling outside the country often are mistreated,
being taken to have the same profession.
we have to understand that Buddhism does not blame women who
have to work as prostitutes for their living. But prostitution
promotes unwholesome acts both on the parts of the men and prostitutes
themselves. In a research by Dr Thepanom Muangmaen, he reported
a girl who had to provide sexual service to 30 men a night during
Chinese New Year. It is understandable from the prostitute's
point of view that she was forced to do it out of poverty and
need for survival, but what about the 30 men buying service
from her? What necessity do they have apart from the answer
to their lustful desire?
did not look down upon prostitutes. On the contrary he provided
opportunity for them to enter the rightful path in the same
manner as other. Once he accepted an invitation from Ambapali,
a courtesan, for lunch on the next day. After that the Licchavi
princes came and offered him an invitation again. He declined
as he already accepted an invitation form Ambapali. This courtesan
was the same person who later offered him and the Sangha a mango
grove for the monks' residence.
the famous physician who attended personally to the Buddha and
the Sangha was also born of a prostitute. He was never frowned
upon for his birth.
prostitute is not an obstacle to enlightenment if she is willing
and diligently practises dharma. In fact, the experience of
a prostitute could help her towards enlightenment sooner than
does not support prostitutes. On the contrary it points out
that prostitution is an unwholesome act. Buddhists do not look
down upon prostitutes. If they choose to practice dharma, they
have an equal, if not better chance to become enlightened.