Clair, I'm afraid of women
Not really. Prostitution has been around virtually since time began, and as long as there are weak men who will not make a committment and are willing to pay it will continue. I have not read the Koran therefore I cannot say why muslims want to keep women uneducated. Any statement on that by me would be just an opinion.
Anyone who says the Cathholic Church belittles, disrespects, or dishonors women is very much mistaken. The Church (which includes us) honors the Virgin Mary, all saints male or female, honors mothehood and does not deny education to anyone, male or female.
To answer your question "What gives?" in my opinion it is the constant battle between good and evil. God gave us a free will to follow Him or not. Satan is a very powerful force always waiting for us to stumble. We must be vigilent and not fall into his traps.