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    Monday, October 23, 2006

    Desire to help outweighs desire to be Catholic



    Jesus did not heal everyone he met, and with few exceptions not the people he
    did not meet.

    He said "go and sin no more", not go and sin again because you are poor and
    have a dangerous profession.

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    Fr Klein-Hitpass founded Stand Together in 1995. Supported by donations from parishes in Germany, he has provided sex workers with "food, shelter and hope". He said: "I try through bible studies to get them off the streets, but everything nowadays centres on money. You help them today, and tomorrow they are back on the streets." He said he also provides them with condoms.

    A 2001 attempt in Parliament by former health minister Libertina Amathila for prostitution to be legalised as a means of stemming the spread of HIV came to nothing. But Hubbard's centre has taken up the campaign. "Decriminalisation does not necessarily represent approval of the trade by Namibian society," she said.

    Recent health ministry figures put HIV prevalence in Namibia's population at slightly more than 21 per cent.

    No statistics exist about the number of sex workers in Namibia, but the day-care centre has a membership of 1275, Klein-Hitpass said, 75 per cent of whom are HIV positive.

    "I try through bible studies to get them off the streets, but everything nowadays centres on money."

    Everything always has centered on money. Shame on this priest and his good
    intentions. The world is paved with them.

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