The decriminalisation of victimless sexual offences.
This dissertation serves as an analysis of the current legislation criminalising both prostitution and homosexuality. The object of the dissertation is to explore the possibility of decriminalisation in the aforementioned areas of the criminal law, on the premise that the criminalisation of the aforementioned areas is not justified. The dissertation provides an overview of the historical progression of the law in relation to the sexual offences of homosexuality and prostitution, and examines the legislative trends that emerge within the historical context. The law and its relation to morality is explored, with the objective of examining whether morality can serve as a sufficient justification for criminalisation of conduct. Additionally the legislative justification for criminalising both homosexuality and prostitution is explored in order to determine the legitimacy thereof The current legislation is defined and examined. The Constitution of South Africa, and specifically the Bill of Rights is investigated to determine whether there can be any foundation therein for an appeal for decriminalisation. Finally, an examination of legislative alternatives is documented. The conclusion is then derived therefrom. The purpose of the dissertation is to examine the decriminalisation of victimless sexual offences, and the results of the research demonstrate favourably towards such an initiative.