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Unheralded Community Services: Dark Ties That Bind Us

Unheralded Community Services: Dark Ties That Bind Us

Admit it or not, there’s a social stigma on industries related to prostitution and drug trade, mainly because these are illegal. But little do people know that these “underground businesses” service the unmet needs of some members of the community. When you examine how brothels serve the community or how some recreational drugs are helping people, you will realise that these things are not always as negative as portrayed in the media. Here are some of them:

Sex for the Disabled

In a survey conducted by the Observer in 2008, 70 percent of the respondents said that they won’t have a sexual relationship with people with disabilities (PWDs). As sad as it may sound, that is one of the harsh realities in life. Fast forward to 2014, a British lady announced that she plans to open a brothel for the disabled people. Guess what? PWDs also like sex.

Before, PWDs do not have the confidence to be with a fully-abled man or woman. What’s worse is that some had completely closed their doors on having sex with the people they desire. But now, a handful of sex workers in the United Kingdom have started to service those who are physically incapacitated. According to these escorts, sex is a basic right that every human should be able to enjoy. However, this right is considered as a luxury for PWDs. For them, providing sex services to the disabled is a step in changing how people see PWDs as members of our society.

Marijuana for Managing Pain

Marijuana is still illegal in most parts of the world. That being said, there are countries that allow the use of marijuana or cannabis, as part of the patient’s medical treatment. For instance, Canada is regulating the possession of cannabis through the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations. However, marijuana is still considered as prohibited drug in the country.

Even if there are establishments that sell marijuana for medical purposes, there are still some people who can’t access these facilities for various reasons. As a result, they purchase cannabis from people who sell them on the street.

Nowadays, the social stigma about marijuana use is starting to fade. Thanks to progressive scientific studies, marijuana has become the pain buddy of people who are suffering from chronic pain.