I served as a police officer in London for 16 years. During that time the law on prostitution always struck me as a gross injuctice.
The life of the average prostitute could be summed up something like this:
Largely female but sometimes male; abused as a child, most often physically, mentally and sexually; leaving home to escape the abuse; falling into the hands of unscrupulous, controlling and abusive men; disenfranchised; sometimes with mental health problems; shunned by wider society; drug and alcohol addicted and forced through their addiction into prostitution to serve their pimp and their addiction; raped by clients and pimp alike and eventually end up in prison.
I know this through dealing with prostitutes who have been raped in the most appalling manner.
The law as it currently stands makes it an offence for a ‘common prostitute’ to solicit in a public place. The offence is committed solely by the prostitute . The client however, more often than not, wealthy, successful enfranchised, a respected member of society, in a position of relative power, commits no offence.
The law on prostitution is a licence for one human being to exploit another very vulnerable person who far from needing prosecuting, needs societies help.