Russian mayor wants prostitution legalized to fight extremism

Komfie Manalo

Vorkuta - The mayor of a coal mining town in the Komi Republic of Russia is asking the government to legalize prostitution with the aim of arresting the increasing number of extremist violence in the region.

Igor Shpektor, mayor of Vorkuta, said legalizing the flesh trade would give men another way to spend their time rather than getting involved in racist attacks.

He said "Legalizing prostitution would give men an opportunity within the law to address their emotions sexually with a provided service rather than expressing them in the form of xenophobia and extremism."

"All the women providing the service would of course receive full state protection and a full pension," he adds.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of violent crimes associated to racial extremism in Russia recently.

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