Repeal the laws making prostitution unlawful

Criminalising the oldest trade in the world has never removed it and never will.  By forcing it underground it instead puts prostitutes into dangerous situations and pits them against the police and authorities if encountering problems.  It is also a private matter and it is not the right of the state to judge how acceptable or moral it is and legislate accordingly.  There is a strong argument that outlawing prostition is a breach of the right to privacy.

Instead, a new system of licencing and regulation should be put into practice to ensure that prostites have regular health checks, that they can operate from safe but publically known venues, and that they pay their taxes.  Whether or not the Government approves there is a huge black market out there which could suddenly help to pay off this deficit much quicker through tax receipts.  It would also allow the police to concentrate on serious crime.

Why is this idea important?

Criminalising the oldest trade in the world has never removed it and never will.  By forcing it underground it instead puts prostitutes into dangerous situations and pits them against the police and authorities if encountering problems.  It is also a private matter and it is not the right of the state to judge how acceptable or moral it is and legislate accordingly.  There is a strong argument that outlawing prostition is a breach of the right to privacy.

Instead, a new system of licencing and regulation should be put into practice to ensure that prostites have regular health checks, that they can operate from safe but publically known venues, and that they pay their taxes.  Whether or not the Government approves there is a huge black market out there which could suddenly help to pay off this deficit much quicker through tax receipts.  It would also allow the police to concentrate on serious crime.

prostitution

would it help to legalise prostitution? pimps groom children from under the noses of the children's homes then the young woman has no friendship group save for that which she works in for fear of the pimp.

Women who choose to go into prostitution are a different category but still under threat.

Young  and vunerable people do not stand a chance when the drug barons and pimps pull the strings and they are very crafty at winning the hearts of these needy and  shaky  young ones.

This surely would address a few problems at once..the drugs..no access if legalised; the illegal earnings of pimps; no access if legalised and  more importantly the safety  and health of young under age victims; prevention of prostitution occuring due to the inclusion of very carefully monitored places where consenting adults are registered and carefully counselled maybe one day the need for them will diminish and we can all learn to love one another as we were taught to do by our father God

Why is this idea important?

would it help to legalise prostitution? pimps groom children from under the noses of the children's homes then the young woman has no friendship group save for that which she works in for fear of the pimp.

Women who choose to go into prostitution are a different category but still under threat.

Young  and vunerable people do not stand a chance when the drug barons and pimps pull the strings and they are very crafty at winning the hearts of these needy and  shaky  young ones.

This surely would address a few problems at once..the drugs..no access if legalised; the illegal earnings of pimps; no access if legalised and  more importantly the safety  and health of young under age victims; prevention of prostitution occuring due to the inclusion of very carefully monitored places where consenting adults are registered and carefully counselled maybe one day the need for them will diminish and we can all learn to love one another as we were taught to do by our father God

REPEAL LAWS AGAINST PROSTITUTION

Prostitution is an activity that has existed since 'civilisation' began.  It is clearly not amenable to laws against it, so much better to face reality and make the activity subject to the normal trading laws (misrepresentation, safety etc).

Why is this idea important?

Prostitution is an activity that has existed since 'civilisation' began.  It is clearly not amenable to laws against it, so much better to face reality and make the activity subject to the normal trading laws (misrepresentation, safety etc).

Legalise prostitution for the protection of sex workers

The repeal of laws making soliciting and the running of brothels illegal, so the sale of sexual services is regulated like any other services, by environmetal health  and planning departments; and sex workers enjoy the protection rather than the persecution of the law.

Why is this idea important?

The repeal of laws making soliciting and the running of brothels illegal, so the sale of sexual services is regulated like any other services, by environmetal health  and planning departments; and sex workers enjoy the protection rather than the persecution of the law.

REPEAL PROSTITUTION LAWS

We should repeal the laws that prevent prostitution being run like a normal business.

Other countries have done that successfully: Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria

It is wrong to ban transactions between consenting adults.

By semi-criminalising prostitution, we make it hard for honest well-run businesses to expand and drive out badly run exploitative businesses. So we keep working conditions bad at the bottom end of the scale.

Decriminalisation does not amount to State endorsement. We need to get away from the idea that the state only has two settings: compulsion and prohibition. In a free society, the state does not have a big agenda.

In Germany, some of the companies involved are listed on the stock exchange. Can you imagine listed companies in modern times using slaves or violence to control their workforces?

The state could, of course, support charities that offer help and advice to people who wish to get out of prostitution. But you do not help anyone by making their working conditions worse, or preventing them following their choice. Expand their choices yes – but just  preventing them from following their choice means they have to do something they think is even worse.

Why is this idea important?

We should repeal the laws that prevent prostitution being run like a normal business.

Other countries have done that successfully: Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria

It is wrong to ban transactions between consenting adults.

By semi-criminalising prostitution, we make it hard for honest well-run businesses to expand and drive out badly run exploitative businesses. So we keep working conditions bad at the bottom end of the scale.

Decriminalisation does not amount to State endorsement. We need to get away from the idea that the state only has two settings: compulsion and prohibition. In a free society, the state does not have a big agenda.

In Germany, some of the companies involved are listed on the stock exchange. Can you imagine listed companies in modern times using slaves or violence to control their workforces?

The state could, of course, support charities that offer help and advice to people who wish to get out of prostitution. But you do not help anyone by making their working conditions worse, or preventing them following their choice. Expand their choices yes – but just  preventing them from following their choice means they have to do something they think is even worse.

Legalise prostitution

Prostitution should be classed as an occupation or straight profession as although there is a small proportion of women trafficked into prostitution, many women do it by choice and see it as a legitimate way to implement their existing skills to earn a living. Look at the Dutch model as prostitution is run by and regulated by local councils; they actually rent out properties to prostitutes and provide police protection and respectability in return for rents and taxes.

A properly regulated red-light district in all major towns and cities would prevent pimping and kerb-crawling which is admittedly a nuisance to residents in communities. With properly regulated prostitution and the provision of suitable premises for rent, girls would no longer have to work on the streets and be exposed to the risks of being robbed and assualted or even murdered by having to get in to strangers cars and driven to remote locations.       

Why is this idea important?

Prostitution should be classed as an occupation or straight profession as although there is a small proportion of women trafficked into prostitution, many women do it by choice and see it as a legitimate way to implement their existing skills to earn a living. Look at the Dutch model as prostitution is run by and regulated by local councils; they actually rent out properties to prostitutes and provide police protection and respectability in return for rents and taxes.

A properly regulated red-light district in all major towns and cities would prevent pimping and kerb-crawling which is admittedly a nuisance to residents in communities. With properly regulated prostitution and the provision of suitable premises for rent, girls would no longer have to work on the streets and be exposed to the risks of being robbed and assualted or even murdered by having to get in to strangers cars and driven to remote locations.       

Prostitution: Licensed Brothels

In early May this year, a trial took place at Luton Crown Court where a lady named Claire Finch was arrested for running a brothel.  Prostitution is not an offence in this country, but it seems she had several friends who used to work at her house … And that constituted a brothel, according to the prosecution.  

I am aware that the lady works in a quiet part of a village with the full awareness – and consent – of her neighbours, and she has done so for many years. Indeed, it was through support from her friends, neighbours, and the English Collective of Prostitutes that she was able to afford a decent defence …

In the end, after a week's trial, the case was laughed out of court. She was found not guilty by a unanimous decision from a jury of eight men and four women. However, the arrest (which involved a raid at her home by over 20 police) was traumatic for her, as you might imagine. And for the fourteen month period between her arrest and her trial, she stood – not only to go to prison – but to have her life savings – and her home – confiscated by the police and the local authority (this kind of State-sponsored pimping is allowed, I believe, under a law which was introduced by the last Government).

What made matters worse – far worse, in my opinion – was that during that fourteen month period between her arrest and trial she was forced to work alone. And this was the point of her defence. She had not had any client problems during her ten or so years in practice, but she was always aware of her potential to be isolated – and therefore vulnerable. Prostitutes are allowed to work alone, but not as a group. Therefore, if they wish to stay "legal", the law as it stands forces them to work at risk. They therefore become vulnerable to the deranged and insane – like the Yorkshire Ripper, the Essex Murderer, and the more recent Sheffield murderers … And others, as everyone must surely know.

I think the law should be changed – and as a matter of urgency –  to allow those who choose to work in the sex industry (never mind the hype, there ARE those who choose to) should be allowed to work together on grounds of safety and personal security.

This is not so much about the rights and wrongs of prostitution, but about our responsibility as a Society to protect its citizens. A law that forces women to work alone in sometimes appauling circumstances is iniquitous. It HAS to be wrong!

As it stands now, the law facilitates street walkers, abused teenagers, drugs use, pimps and murderers. And I would urge that the laws that allow courts to ruin prostitutes be repealed – and with some urgency. Also, that some system of licensing and controlling brothels be introduced before we have any more terrible – and avoidable – tragedies.

Why is this idea important?

In early May this year, a trial took place at Luton Crown Court where a lady named Claire Finch was arrested for running a brothel.  Prostitution is not an offence in this country, but it seems she had several friends who used to work at her house … And that constituted a brothel, according to the prosecution.  

I am aware that the lady works in a quiet part of a village with the full awareness – and consent – of her neighbours, and she has done so for many years. Indeed, it was through support from her friends, neighbours, and the English Collective of Prostitutes that she was able to afford a decent defence …

In the end, after a week's trial, the case was laughed out of court. She was found not guilty by a unanimous decision from a jury of eight men and four women. However, the arrest (which involved a raid at her home by over 20 police) was traumatic for her, as you might imagine. And for the fourteen month period between her arrest and her trial, she stood – not only to go to prison – but to have her life savings – and her home – confiscated by the police and the local authority (this kind of State-sponsored pimping is allowed, I believe, under a law which was introduced by the last Government).

What made matters worse – far worse, in my opinion – was that during that fourteen month period between her arrest and trial she was forced to work alone. And this was the point of her defence. She had not had any client problems during her ten or so years in practice, but she was always aware of her potential to be isolated – and therefore vulnerable. Prostitutes are allowed to work alone, but not as a group. Therefore, if they wish to stay "legal", the law as it stands forces them to work at risk. They therefore become vulnerable to the deranged and insane – like the Yorkshire Ripper, the Essex Murderer, and the more recent Sheffield murderers … And others, as everyone must surely know.

I think the law should be changed – and as a matter of urgency –  to allow those who choose to work in the sex industry (never mind the hype, there ARE those who choose to) should be allowed to work together on grounds of safety and personal security.

This is not so much about the rights and wrongs of prostitution, but about our responsibility as a Society to protect its citizens. A law that forces women to work alone in sometimes appauling circumstances is iniquitous. It HAS to be wrong!

As it stands now, the law facilitates street walkers, abused teenagers, drugs use, pimps and murderers. And I would urge that the laws that allow courts to ruin prostitutes be repealed – and with some urgency. Also, that some system of licensing and controlling brothels be introduced before we have any more terrible – and avoidable – tragedies.

Legalise recreational drugs and prostitution

Dear Mr Clegg and Mr Cameron,

I have had several ideas regarding drugs and prostitution. I'll start with drugs first.

Drugs

 I do not condone classified drugs in anyway, however drugs are a part of life, be it a teenage rebel smoking cannabis or taking ecstasy, a young professional in a nightclub doing coccaine right the way through to the darker side of life with heroin and crack addicts that are ignored by a society and penalised for re-occuring offences because they cannot afford the fines that have been issued to them for possession of drugs. The crime that drugs encompass is huge, from drug dealers, drug traffickers, drug abusers and theft. If drugs were legalised and regulated properly, under government control, then there could be a tax system that could rake in millions and subsidise the help that is required to put the more severe drug addicts into effective rehabiliation instead of the prison systems where drugs are still readily available, again, proving to be more economical for the taxpayer. It would eliminate drug dealers thus eradicating drug and gun crimes and street gangs.

Although I'm not condoning drug use in anyway, I do acknowledge that the system we have at the moment just doesn't work. The revenue that can be made would go into the millions, if not billions, the purity of the drugs would cause less health issues and possible deaths, and just a fraction of the revenue can help more serious drug addicts in rehabiliation centres.It would also take a huge pressure and burden off the police force, prison systems and the NHS.

Prostitution

Prosititution is an awful way of life, more often and not to feed drug habits that have spiralled out of control. There are hundreds of vulnerable girls out there that are at risk every day. If we could make prostitution legal, a method that has proved to be a success in Amsterdam, we would have cleaner, healthier prostitutes that are less likely to get STD's, be subjected to acts of violence and ripped off by pimps.

The brothels that prostitutes work in would be taxed and create more revenue which could be used to help prostitutes back into a more functional society and away from the life of drugs.

Or, we could stick to what we have now, which with each point I have made, does not work.

I hope you read this and seriously think about my suggestions. It can work this way, although it would be hugely controversial, it would prove in time to be the best solution.

Kind regards,

Helen Richardson, 25.

Why is this idea important?

Dear Mr Clegg and Mr Cameron,

I have had several ideas regarding drugs and prostitution. I'll start with drugs first.

Drugs

 I do not condone classified drugs in anyway, however drugs are a part of life, be it a teenage rebel smoking cannabis or taking ecstasy, a young professional in a nightclub doing coccaine right the way through to the darker side of life with heroin and crack addicts that are ignored by a society and penalised for re-occuring offences because they cannot afford the fines that have been issued to them for possession of drugs. The crime that drugs encompass is huge, from drug dealers, drug traffickers, drug abusers and theft. If drugs were legalised and regulated properly, under government control, then there could be a tax system that could rake in millions and subsidise the help that is required to put the more severe drug addicts into effective rehabiliation instead of the prison systems where drugs are still readily available, again, proving to be more economical for the taxpayer. It would eliminate drug dealers thus eradicating drug and gun crimes and street gangs.

Although I'm not condoning drug use in anyway, I do acknowledge that the system we have at the moment just doesn't work. The revenue that can be made would go into the millions, if not billions, the purity of the drugs would cause less health issues and possible deaths, and just a fraction of the revenue can help more serious drug addicts in rehabiliation centres.It would also take a huge pressure and burden off the police force, prison systems and the NHS.

Prostitution

Prosititution is an awful way of life, more often and not to feed drug habits that have spiralled out of control. There are hundreds of vulnerable girls out there that are at risk every day. If we could make prostitution legal, a method that has proved to be a success in Amsterdam, we would have cleaner, healthier prostitutes that are less likely to get STD's, be subjected to acts of violence and ripped off by pimps.

The brothels that prostitutes work in would be taxed and create more revenue which could be used to help prostitutes back into a more functional society and away from the life of drugs.

Or, we could stick to what we have now, which with each point I have made, does not work.

I hope you read this and seriously think about my suggestions. It can work this way, although it would be hugely controversial, it would prove in time to be the best solution.

Kind regards,

Helen Richardson, 25.

Abolish laws relating to adult prostitution.

What goes on between consenting adults behind closed doors should be their own business. Provided we retain laws regarding rape and protection of minors there is no need for any laws specific to prostitution.

Why is this idea important?

What goes on between consenting adults behind closed doors should be their own business. Provided we retain laws regarding rape and protection of minors there is no need for any laws specific to prostitution.

Legalise Prostitution

Duplicate the treatment of prostitutes that Australia and some other 1st world countries use by legalising prostitution and giving them screening for STIs, protecting them from pimps and drug dealers, and in return taxing their income.

Why is this idea important?

Duplicate the treatment of prostitutes that Australia and some other 1st world countries use by legalising prostitution and giving them screening for STIs, protecting them from pimps and drug dealers, and in return taxing their income.