“Hunger makes a thief of any man” – Pearl S. Buck
Posted by barbie on April 16, 2009
Canteen helper sells her body to support family
A WOMAN who works as a canteen helper in the morning works as a prostitute at night to support her family, China Press reported.
The lady, who wished to be known only as Fatimah, 22, said she had to support her husband, who is an odd-job worker, and their one-year-old son.
“Besides that, I will have to foot my old folks’ medical bills,” she said, adding that she had been prostituting herself for more than three years in Alor Setar.
Fatimah, from Pahang, said she was forced to be a prostitute by her former boyfriend, and charged her customers RM80 each time.
“However, I am getting older and also have given birth. Now, I can only charge RM50,” she said, adding that her customers were aged between 13 and 70.
The daily reported that Fatimah’s dream was to save enough money to start a new life in three years’ time.
A good friend once mentioned about a lady she knew as a child, who was a neighbour. The poor woman was left to fend for herself and her 4 children after her husband got caught stealing milk powder for the kids and was sent to prison for a good number of years.
Being a housewife with no employable skills, she had no choice but to turn to prostitution to put food on the table and roof over their heads.
When her husband was released, instead of understanding and appreciating her sacrifice, he left her. She was also ostracised by everyone in the neighbourhood.
I may not know anyone personally who has been in that situation, but I can truly understand why those mothers did what they had to do. My mother would have done the same, in fact I would have sold off my kidneys for the same reason if I had to. Please allow me to exaggerate and generalise to a certain extent that, if a comparison must be made, I would say most parents love their children more than the latter love their parents.
Parental love is not something that can be described in words and it goes without saying that a mother’s love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever.
Young mothers especially, either retrenched or abandoned, are resorting to committing crime for their children’s sake. How many of you realise that there’s been quite an increase of reports about mothers being sent to prison for stealing for their young?
What on earth is happening to this society? And what will become of the next generation, raised in an environment where only desperation, poverty and lawlessness prevails?
“The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. “- John Berger
Since I can remember, all our past and present government leaders have been singing the same old tiresome tune about championing the poor and eradicating poverty and improving the social welfare services…….
And till today, we still see the same snail-pace processing of genuine cases. Till today, we still see these so-called heads of various governmental welfare departments (who are usually so well fed that they’re practically dripping with fat) dragging their feet in disbursing measly sum of welfare aid to the poor.
Ella Mae totally hit the nail on the spot when she said this…..
“That’s how our society is. We are ever so willing to raise funds for disasters thousands of miles away but when our own neighbour is in need… we don’t do anything.
This is what i believe, each one of us can make a difference in this world. We must look out for our neighbours, friends and loved ones.
I am not saying we give away big sums of money, but if we can share our food with those who are in need… we too can make some difference in this nasty world.”