At present the sex industry operates outside and on the margins of the law. It operates "underground" and is largely run by gangsters. Sex workers are in a very vulnerable position and receive little protection. Girls are trafficked in to this country by gangs and are used as sex slaves – this awful situation could be eradicated if Prositution was be de-criminalised and a licensing system introduced instead. Sex workers would have to operate discreetly in certain areas. They should have to receive regular health check-ups and also pay taxes like the rest of us.

 

Why is this idea important?

Sex workers are very vulnerable. They take a risk every time they see a client as they have no real way of knowing the him – if it was run like any other business then customers could be identified and, therefore, less likely to assault the sex worker. More importantly, it would eliminate trafficking of young girls, with a licensing system in place all operations could be regularly checked.

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