de-criminalisation of sex industry

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?

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.

 

A few things to ponder

1. Stop migrants and asylum seekers entering the country until it’s in a better state financially.
2. Stop outsourcing work from within the public sector to the private sector. The companies that are handed the work are not trained, do not know what they’re doing and often ends up with the same thing being done twice.
3. Increase the salary of the public sector (non-managerial posts) employees in line with those within the private sector doing the same job. Public sector AO earns 15000 approx whereas the average salary for the same job within the private sector is approx 18000.
4. Put a stop to bumper bonuses for high paid bankers – those same bankers responsible for destroying the economy of the country.
5. Collect the £100+ million owed from tax evasion/avoidance and jail those who fail to pay (take not Mr H Redknapp).
6. Castrate all convicted paedophiles when there is no doubt to the crime committed. Simple really, to prevent the urge remove the source of it.
7. On a more serious note, prevent Katie ‘Whoredon’ Price from appearing on a television.
8. Name, shame and maim rapists – see action re paedophiles.
9. Limit each average household to 2 cars.
10. I don’t divulge myself but enough people do… Legalise marijuana and tax it. People smoke it anyway so there may as well be a bonus from it.
11. Legalise prostitution. Protect the vulnerable who are forced into it, health checks on a weekly basis and make it harder for the underage to become involved.
12. Murder – life means life. Consider re-introducing the death penalty for serial and child killers.
13. Scrap the human rights bill – it only serves to protect those who don’t deserve it.
There may be more… I’ll be back

Why is this idea important?

1. Stop migrants and asylum seekers entering the country until it’s in a better state financially.
2. Stop outsourcing work from within the public sector to the private sector. The companies that are handed the work are not trained, do not know what they’re doing and often ends up with the same thing being done twice.
3. Increase the salary of the public sector (non-managerial posts) employees in line with those within the private sector doing the same job. Public sector AO earns 15000 approx whereas the average salary for the same job within the private sector is approx 18000.
4. Put a stop to bumper bonuses for high paid bankers – those same bankers responsible for destroying the economy of the country.
5. Collect the £100+ million owed from tax evasion/avoidance and jail those who fail to pay (take not Mr H Redknapp).
6. Castrate all convicted paedophiles when there is no doubt to the crime committed. Simple really, to prevent the urge remove the source of it.
7. On a more serious note, prevent Katie ‘Whoredon’ Price from appearing on a television.
8. Name, shame and maim rapists – see action re paedophiles.
9. Limit each average household to 2 cars.
10. I don’t divulge myself but enough people do… Legalise marijuana and tax it. People smoke it anyway so there may as well be a bonus from it.
11. Legalise prostitution. Protect the vulnerable who are forced into it, health checks on a weekly basis and make it harder for the underage to become involved.
12. Murder – life means life. Consider re-introducing the death penalty for serial and child killers.
13. Scrap the human rights bill – it only serves to protect those who don’t deserve it.
There may be more… I’ll be back

REPEAL CRIMINALISATION of MEN PAYING for SEXUAL SERVICES

Labour brought this law in two years ago, to reduce the vile trade of human trafficking to the UK.

I seek repeal, as:

1.   Senior police chiefs think it's unworkable – how to get evidence ?

2.   Sex Dicrimination – it criminalises men, yet not women who pay for sexual services.

3.   DisAbility Discrimination.

People with disabilities, eg Disfigurement, may need to use sex workers to obtain a fulfilling personal life.

4.   Innocent until proven Guilty

Unusually in UK law, the burden of proff is on men to prove that the sex-worker WASN'T trafficked. How?

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Labour brought this law in two years ago, to reduce the vile trade of human trafficking to the UK.

I seek repeal, as:

1.   Senior police chiefs think it's unworkable – how to get evidence ?

2.   Sex Dicrimination – it criminalises men, yet not women who pay for sexual services.

3.   DisAbility Discrimination.

People with disabilities, eg Disfigurement, may need to use sex workers to obtain a fulfilling personal life.

4.   Innocent until proven Guilty

Unusually in UK law, the burden of proff is on men to prove that the sex-worker WASN'T trafficked. How?

 

 

Legalise and organise the Sex Industry

There are several issues to consider when talking about this matter:

 

1 – The Sex Industry isn't just about women selling sex – men also work as prostitutes so any laws that are introduced or amended will have to be studies and will have to ensure gender-neutrality.  Just as a note, I will refer to girls or women from now on, but please take that to mean men as well – I just can't be bothered to he/she the whole time I am writing 🙂

 

2 – The current laws are designed to hit a large number of targets, but some of those targets are more valid than others, as is the effectiveness of the implementation of the laws.  Example – traffiking.  It happens, we all know it happens and it is a sad statement on our society that most of us don't really care unless we personally encounter it (a punter visiting a girl and realising she has probably been put to work against her will, or a parent whose daughter/son is duped into going abroad to work as a 'dancer').  The issue is not the law, which is clear, but the implementation of it.  Making keeping a brothel illegal means that the police have to spread their nets too wide to trap the few brothels with traffiked workers.  If all the legitimate brothels were legal, licensed and regularly inspected, then the police could concentrate on seeking out and shutting down the underground illegal unlicensed brothels, which would be the ones most likely to hold the traffiked workers.

 

3 – Street prostitution – currently there are two sets of laws to tackle this, one set to try to discourage the girls from working on the streets and a second set aiming to discourage the punters from going onto the streets to look for them.

a – The reasons why those laws are in place are mostly not to do with the protection of the women from harm – they are usually in place to drive the girls out of residential areas where the residents have complained about the activities occurring on their streets.  Most street girls do not want to be out there; it is not the glamorous career that your average girls thinks of when she is considering her aspirations in school.  Most only turn to working the streets when they can see no better alternative (to feed their or their partner’s drug habit, to put food on the table, to buy nappies for their kid, to pay the rent etc).  Given the choice, paying a small fee to rent a 'kabin' (Amsterdam style) for a day/night in a safe, regulated environment would be a much more attractive option.  Each large town or city should, therefore, have an area where single girls can safely and legally work and where the punters know they can go to find what they are looking for.

b – Punters go out on the streets to look for girls for various personal reasons, but the behaviour of a small minority who accost women who are not working or who assault the women who are leads to the introduction of draconian laws that do nothing to make the women safer and indeed encourage the meeting and judgement phase of the encounter to become as brief as possible, so as to avoid police attention.  A safe, regulated environment would benefit the punters too, since they could go about their business without risk of being mugged, ripped off or generally abused.  The only punters who would suffer would be the thugs and psychos, who would find it harder to find prey – I can’t see that as a problem.

 

4 – Underage sex workers – this is a very touchy subject, but the current laws make it harder for the police and the various other organisations setting out to help these vulnerable individuals to do their work, because there are too many establishments for them to check.  A safe, regulated environment with a variety of establishments (from single-girls working in a 'kabin' to groups working in a bar with beds upstairs and all the other possible variations on the theme) would reduce the number of places that the underage girls could work (or be forced to work), and therefore allow the various organisations to more effectively concentrate their efforts on seeking out and shutting down the places where the underage girls can work/be worked.

 

5 – Drugs – Sex workers spend billions of pounds each year on drugs; it is one of the reasons why they enter the oldest profession in the first place.  I am not saying all sex workers are junkies or all junkies are sex workers, but there are only a limited number of ways for addicts to feed their habits, almost all of which are illegal.  While a few addicts can hold down regular jobs with six-figure salaries, they are the almost vanishingly rare exceptions.  A girl working the streets can make a thousand pounds a week (if she works hard and is lucky), but nine hundred or more of that will go straight into the hands of the dealers.  Often it is only when the girls are committing more serious crimes (when their addictions have been going on for years, mostly) that help is offered, and even then it is often done in such a way as to make the girl less unhappy to be out on the streets than in treatment.  Drug related crime costs the country billions each year, but we only spend a fraction of what we need to on helping the addicts get clean.  Often the psychological reasons why they became addicts, or go back to being addicts, are not even looked into as part of the treatment.  Addiction treatments are not one-size-fits-all – every addict has their own deep-seated reasons why the life of an addict is preferable to a ‘normal’ life and the longer those issues are left unresolved the harder it is for the addict to break out of their addiction cycles.  Sadly many addicts destroy their health, their minds and often end their lives before they are able to free themselves, which is a scandal that has been overlooked by our society for too long.

 

6 – Public offence – One of the main problems we have in this country is that a substantial number of people consider that the sex industry is a problem that can just  be legislated away.  Or worse it offends their particular moral sensibilities so much that anyone involved in it is considered to be contemptible, morally corrupt and generally sub-human.  Sadly addicts, homeless people and the mentally ill are often lumped into this same ‘outcaste’ group, that so-called good, normal people can smugly consider themselves superior to.  This them and us attitude is particularly damaging to society and only serves to make the outcastes themselves less than willing to become normal, since of course no person of such dubious moral values can possibly become acceptable to ‘normal’ society again.  Legislation can only go so far to tackle such attitudes and legislation that even tacitly supports them is damaging to social cohesion as well as the individuals affected by it.

 

I hope these thoughts on this subject prove useful..

Why is this idea important?

There are several issues to consider when talking about this matter:

 

1 – The Sex Industry isn't just about women selling sex – men also work as prostitutes so any laws that are introduced or amended will have to be studies and will have to ensure gender-neutrality.  Just as a note, I will refer to girls or women from now on, but please take that to mean men as well – I just can't be bothered to he/she the whole time I am writing 🙂

 

2 – The current laws are designed to hit a large number of targets, but some of those targets are more valid than others, as is the effectiveness of the implementation of the laws.  Example – traffiking.  It happens, we all know it happens and it is a sad statement on our society that most of us don't really care unless we personally encounter it (a punter visiting a girl and realising she has probably been put to work against her will, or a parent whose daughter/son is duped into going abroad to work as a 'dancer').  The issue is not the law, which is clear, but the implementation of it.  Making keeping a brothel illegal means that the police have to spread their nets too wide to trap the few brothels with traffiked workers.  If all the legitimate brothels were legal, licensed and regularly inspected, then the police could concentrate on seeking out and shutting down the underground illegal unlicensed brothels, which would be the ones most likely to hold the traffiked workers.

 

3 – Street prostitution – currently there are two sets of laws to tackle this, one set to try to discourage the girls from working on the streets and a second set aiming to discourage the punters from going onto the streets to look for them.

a – The reasons why those laws are in place are mostly not to do with the protection of the women from harm – they are usually in place to drive the girls out of residential areas where the residents have complained about the activities occurring on their streets.  Most street girls do not want to be out there; it is not the glamorous career that your average girls thinks of when she is considering her aspirations in school.  Most only turn to working the streets when they can see no better alternative (to feed their or their partner’s drug habit, to put food on the table, to buy nappies for their kid, to pay the rent etc).  Given the choice, paying a small fee to rent a 'kabin' (Amsterdam style) for a day/night in a safe, regulated environment would be a much more attractive option.  Each large town or city should, therefore, have an area where single girls can safely and legally work and where the punters know they can go to find what they are looking for.

b – Punters go out on the streets to look for girls for various personal reasons, but the behaviour of a small minority who accost women who are not working or who assault the women who are leads to the introduction of draconian laws that do nothing to make the women safer and indeed encourage the meeting and judgement phase of the encounter to become as brief as possible, so as to avoid police attention.  A safe, regulated environment would benefit the punters too, since they could go about their business without risk of being mugged, ripped off or generally abused.  The only punters who would suffer would be the thugs and psychos, who would find it harder to find prey – I can’t see that as a problem.

 

4 – Underage sex workers – this is a very touchy subject, but the current laws make it harder for the police and the various other organisations setting out to help these vulnerable individuals to do their work, because there are too many establishments for them to check.  A safe, regulated environment with a variety of establishments (from single-girls working in a 'kabin' to groups working in a bar with beds upstairs and all the other possible variations on the theme) would reduce the number of places that the underage girls could work (or be forced to work), and therefore allow the various organisations to more effectively concentrate their efforts on seeking out and shutting down the places where the underage girls can work/be worked.

 

5 – Drugs – Sex workers spend billions of pounds each year on drugs; it is one of the reasons why they enter the oldest profession in the first place.  I am not saying all sex workers are junkies or all junkies are sex workers, but there are only a limited number of ways for addicts to feed their habits, almost all of which are illegal.  While a few addicts can hold down regular jobs with six-figure salaries, they are the almost vanishingly rare exceptions.  A girl working the streets can make a thousand pounds a week (if she works hard and is lucky), but nine hundred or more of that will go straight into the hands of the dealers.  Often it is only when the girls are committing more serious crimes (when their addictions have been going on for years, mostly) that help is offered, and even then it is often done in such a way as to make the girl less unhappy to be out on the streets than in treatment.  Drug related crime costs the country billions each year, but we only spend a fraction of what we need to on helping the addicts get clean.  Often the psychological reasons why they became addicts, or go back to being addicts, are not even looked into as part of the treatment.  Addiction treatments are not one-size-fits-all – every addict has their own deep-seated reasons why the life of an addict is preferable to a ‘normal’ life and the longer those issues are left unresolved the harder it is for the addict to break out of their addiction cycles.  Sadly many addicts destroy their health, their minds and often end their lives before they are able to free themselves, which is a scandal that has been overlooked by our society for too long.

 

6 – Public offence – One of the main problems we have in this country is that a substantial number of people consider that the sex industry is a problem that can just  be legislated away.  Or worse it offends their particular moral sensibilities so much that anyone involved in it is considered to be contemptible, morally corrupt and generally sub-human.  Sadly addicts, homeless people and the mentally ill are often lumped into this same ‘outcaste’ group, that so-called good, normal people can smugly consider themselves superior to.  This them and us attitude is particularly damaging to society and only serves to make the outcastes themselves less than willing to become normal, since of course no person of such dubious moral values can possibly become acceptable to ‘normal’ society again.  Legislation can only go so far to tackle such attitudes and legislation that even tacitly supports them is damaging to social cohesion as well as the individuals affected by it.

 

I hope these thoughts on this subject prove useful..

Brothels

Prostitution is never going away so lets accept it and try to at least get the girls off the street. It is not agaist the law to sell your body for money as long as you do it in your own home but it is if you sell it on the street or if you run or work in a brothel. Surely it would be better if these girls were in a safe and secure supported living environment where they would receive medical, emotional, financial, educational, employment, drug rehabilitation and social support and cut the pimps out entirely. They could continue to work in this environment if they wished and save to get out of this industry and get their lives back on track.

 

I can't help  but feel society just turns their back on prostitutes, most of whom have been bullied, manipulated and hooked on drugs from a very young age and find themselves trapped in a horrible world.

Why is this idea important?

Prostitution is never going away so lets accept it and try to at least get the girls off the street. It is not agaist the law to sell your body for money as long as you do it in your own home but it is if you sell it on the street or if you run or work in a brothel. Surely it would be better if these girls were in a safe and secure supported living environment where they would receive medical, emotional, financial, educational, employment, drug rehabilitation and social support and cut the pimps out entirely. They could continue to work in this environment if they wished and save to get out of this industry and get their lives back on track.

 

I can't help  but feel society just turns their back on prostitutes, most of whom have been bullied, manipulated and hooked on drugs from a very young age and find themselves trapped in a horrible world.

prostitution should be legalised

even though i'm a gay man i believe that the laws which outlaw prostitution should be repealed for several reasons: in the first place it would bring what is an employment which is untaxed within the purview of hm revenue; secondly it would have an effect to the good on the dreadful crime of rape; because rape would be reduced then there would be fewer imprisonments for that crime and a saving to the ministry of justice.  the necessary health checks would be paid for by the prostitutes themselves as an element of their retaining their licences; maybe similar to the mot tests required for motor vehicles.  vat could also be added to the services of the prostitutes.  the prostitutes themselves would be safer at work too not having to fear attacks similar to the murders several years ago of a number of sex workers

Why is this idea important?

even though i'm a gay man i believe that the laws which outlaw prostitution should be repealed for several reasons: in the first place it would bring what is an employment which is untaxed within the purview of hm revenue; secondly it would have an effect to the good on the dreadful crime of rape; because rape would be reduced then there would be fewer imprisonments for that crime and a saving to the ministry of justice.  the necessary health checks would be paid for by the prostitutes themselves as an element of their retaining their licences; maybe similar to the mot tests required for motor vehicles.  vat could also be added to the services of the prostitutes.  the prostitutes themselves would be safer at work too not having to fear attacks similar to the murders several years ago of a number of sex workers

2009 Prostitution Law

Repeal obligation of client having to ask if she has been forced, coerced, or trafficked for the purpose of prostitution.  As she could lie, and he could still be prosecuted even though he has asked.  He could be prosecuted, so this is a legal anomaly and very unfair.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal obligation of client having to ask if she has been forced, coerced, or trafficked for the purpose of prostitution.  As she could lie, and he could still be prosecuted even though he has asked.  He could be prosecuted, so this is a legal anomaly and very unfair.

Repeal all laws which criminalise those who sell or are sold for sexual use; provide exit services; and work towards an end to the sex trade

 

1. Repeal all criminal sanctions for those who are exploited in prostitution. This includes removing fines, criminal records and ASBOs for loitering or soliciting.

2. Provide support services to help those exploited in prostitution to exit safely and permanently. This means supporting them to overcome the damage caused by prostitution to enable them to avail of other life opportunities including training, education and employment. 

3. Support and strengthen legislation which tackles the root cause of prostitution – the demand. 

Why is this idea important?

 

1. Repeal all criminal sanctions for those who are exploited in prostitution. This includes removing fines, criminal records and ASBOs for loitering or soliciting.

2. Provide support services to help those exploited in prostitution to exit safely and permanently. This means supporting them to overcome the damage caused by prostitution to enable them to avail of other life opportunities including training, education and employment. 

3. Support and strengthen legislation which tackles the root cause of prostitution – the demand. 

Legalise Prostitution

By legalising this it would bring it under government controll thereby regulating the industury and providing a tax revinue. In doing this prostitutes could be restricted to operate from licenced brothels in industrial areas. they would require to be licenced and undergo regular health checks.

Why is this idea important?

By legalising this it would bring it under government controll thereby regulating the industury and providing a tax revinue. In doing this prostitutes could be restricted to operate from licenced brothels in industrial areas. they would require to be licenced and undergo regular health checks.

Allow prostitutes to work together

Change the law that says that prostitutes must work alone.

Allow prostitutes to work together so that they can support and protect each other. Invest (by tax if necessary) in workable projects to tackle the reasons that the women and girls turn to prostitution.

Use the law to provide real positive changes rather than continuing with the laws which utterly fail to help the women and utterly fail to help our towns and cities to deal with prostitution.

Why is this idea important?

Change the law that says that prostitutes must work alone.

Allow prostitutes to work together so that they can support and protect each other. Invest (by tax if necessary) in workable projects to tackle the reasons that the women and girls turn to prostitution.

Use the law to provide real positive changes rather than continuing with the laws which utterly fail to help the women and utterly fail to help our towns and cities to deal with prostitution.

Rethink the whole purpose of the law

Rather than amend laws piecemeal, a Bill of Rights should set out why laws exist. This should be to protect people, their property, animals etc from the malign or stupid acts of others. The law should NOT seek to protect us from the possible harmful effects of our own actions, nor to protect our feelings from others opinions. At a stroke, this would remove criminality for drug use, consensual sexual behaviours including prostitution, while continuing to penalise supply of controlled substances, coercion and trafficking etc. Children and vulnerable adults should be protected by the law, requiring help rather than criminal prosecution for acts they are not competent to consent to – the age of consent should cover this as well. 

Why is this idea important?

Rather than amend laws piecemeal, a Bill of Rights should set out why laws exist. This should be to protect people, their property, animals etc from the malign or stupid acts of others. The law should NOT seek to protect us from the possible harmful effects of our own actions, nor to protect our feelings from others opinions. At a stroke, this would remove criminality for drug use, consensual sexual behaviours including prostitution, while continuing to penalise supply of controlled substances, coercion and trafficking etc. Children and vulnerable adults should be protected by the law, requiring help rather than criminal prosecution for acts they are not competent to consent to – the age of consent should cover this as well. 

Men Seeking Prostitutes are Not Criminals; Protect Them

The suggestion that men who seek prostitutes are criminals is evil spin. It serves no one but those seeking to expand their power base. Customers are ordinary men who want sex outside of their current relationship(s) or who simply lack the seduction skills to start a relationship.

Proposals to criminalise men seeking prostitiutes are based on the feminist lie that prostitutes are exploited women. While this is no doubt true in a small minority of cases it is far from true generally. Women who enter prostitution do so because it is very lucrative. They can earn a 4-figure sum daily. A sum that's untaxed. (Is this really exploitation?)

But I would go further. Common practice amongst prostitutes and pimps is take the customer's money and not deliver the sex he has paid for. Pimps — often gangsters — threaten him with violence.

This is clear extortion. It is robbery. It should be regarded as a crime. A customer should not fear that legal authorities would turn away from him if this situation arose — let alone arrest him after being robbed in this topsy-turvy world of feminism.

Why is this idea important?

The suggestion that men who seek prostitutes are criminals is evil spin. It serves no one but those seeking to expand their power base. Customers are ordinary men who want sex outside of their current relationship(s) or who simply lack the seduction skills to start a relationship.

Proposals to criminalise men seeking prostitiutes are based on the feminist lie that prostitutes are exploited women. While this is no doubt true in a small minority of cases it is far from true generally. Women who enter prostitution do so because it is very lucrative. They can earn a 4-figure sum daily. A sum that's untaxed. (Is this really exploitation?)

But I would go further. Common practice amongst prostitutes and pimps is take the customer's money and not deliver the sex he has paid for. Pimps — often gangsters — threaten him with violence.

This is clear extortion. It is robbery. It should be regarded as a crime. A customer should not fear that legal authorities would turn away from him if this situation arose — let alone arrest him after being robbed in this topsy-turvy world of feminism.

Legalise but regulate Brothels

Make Brothels registered businesses. Ultimately provide prostitutes the ability to work safely. Give Prostitutes the chance to work and pay income taxes even VAT for their services. Many sex workers work from a Brothel which is currently illegal. In turn they find themselves in a position where they feel excluded from our financial systems. Many of these high earners never declare their income. Prostitution laws are far more evolved across Europe. We should be the country leading the field.

Why is this idea important?

Make Brothels registered businesses. Ultimately provide prostitutes the ability to work safely. Give Prostitutes the chance to work and pay income taxes even VAT for their services. Many sex workers work from a Brothel which is currently illegal. In turn they find themselves in a position where they feel excluded from our financial systems. Many of these high earners never declare their income. Prostitution laws are far more evolved across Europe. We should be the country leading the field.

Ban all laws controlling the sexual activities of consenting adults

There are dozens of laws which prohibit the sexual activities of consenting adults, from the Disorderly Houses acts of 1781 through to the law banning the downloading of extreme pornography of 2009. These are often contradictory and confusing and many rarely enforced. However, they instil fear in people so that they are afraid to do the things they fancy doing.

It is said that controlling people's sexuality is the best way to keep society in control by the government.

Many people are ignorant of the law. For example, many people think prostitution is illegal so they don't use the services of sex workers even when they badly need such services.

Disabled people are often banned from having any sexual activity because of the same kind of ignorance.

Why is this idea important?

There are dozens of laws which prohibit the sexual activities of consenting adults, from the Disorderly Houses acts of 1781 through to the law banning the downloading of extreme pornography of 2009. These are often contradictory and confusing and many rarely enforced. However, they instil fear in people so that they are afraid to do the things they fancy doing.

It is said that controlling people's sexuality is the best way to keep society in control by the government.

Many people are ignorant of the law. For example, many people think prostitution is illegal so they don't use the services of sex workers even when they badly need such services.

Disabled people are often banned from having any sexual activity because of the same kind of ignorance.

Allow sex workers to work together for their own safety

The laws on prostitution are outdated and need reform. While it is legal for a person to accept money in exchange for sexual services, it is only legal if there is noone else in the premises.

If two or more people work together then the law classes the premises as a brothel and that is illegal.

Not all prostitutes are forced into the profession against their will, many enter into it freely and willingly despite the impression given in some parts of the media. These workers have the right to work safely and without fear of attack

I know that any proposals to liberalise the laws on prostitution will be met with moral outrage in some sections of the press but in my view, people's safety must come first

Why is this idea important?

The laws on prostitution are outdated and need reform. While it is legal for a person to accept money in exchange for sexual services, it is only legal if there is noone else in the premises.

If two or more people work together then the law classes the premises as a brothel and that is illegal.

Not all prostitutes are forced into the profession against their will, many enter into it freely and willingly despite the impression given in some parts of the media. These workers have the right to work safely and without fear of attack

I know that any proposals to liberalise the laws on prostitution will be met with moral outrage in some sections of the press but in my view, people's safety must come first

Remove the laws which endanger women who work as sex workers

The majority of sex workers in this country work legally and of their own volition.  They don't take drugs any more than the rest of society.  Street workers are the exception, but must not be seen as the norm for prostitution.  Most sex workers work discretely from their own homes, rented flats, as call girls or in illegal brothels.  Many work independently and some use the services of agencies to take their bookings.  The law though discriminates against them.  They are not allowed to share premises.  As soon as they share a premise, one of the them is now a brothel owner and is liable for imprisonment of up to 7 years, and all her earnings are confiscated. Using the services of an agency is also fraught.  An agency is operating in a grey area of the law, and thus encourages criminals to operate and high markup rates.

What other job in this country encourages people to work on their own?  Working together, so there are several people on the same premises ensures greater safety, from robbery, from injury and from the occasional bad client  Working together helps companionship, conversation and sharing of problems.  Working in a flat on your own is boring and tiring, do not believe those quotes which say a women will see 20 men in a day, normally they are lucky to see 2 or 3 in a day. 

The law at present  forces women to work on their own, making their life insular and dangerous.  Those illegal brothels and flats that do operate are targets of violent criminals.  Criminals know that there is little chance the crime will be reported to the police.  Reporting the violent crime will invariably shut the brothel down, and prosecution against the leaseholder of the flat will follow.  There is a pending case in Surrey where the brothel owner reported a violent crime where the sex worker was threatened and petrol was poured throught the flat. The owner, she has now been charged, while the criminals have never been charged.

Lets take an example in the United Kingdom and compare two cities near each other, Edingburgh and Glasgow.  Edinburgh tolerates prostitution, it occurs throughout the city in  discrete Saunas, the police check these on a regular basis, they are clean and well run.  The council earn large licence fees from these saunas, and the Inland Revenue earn VAT and income tax.  There is little street prostitution in Edinburgh, and little violence against sex workers.  Compare that with Glasgow where prostitution is not tolerated, brothels are closed down, women working from hotels are harassed.  There is  a far larger street prostitution problem in Glasgow than in Edinburgh, and there is far more violence against sex workers in that city with at least a death every year.

Closing down brothels also causes some displacement of brothel workers back onto the street.  An example was in Soho. The police closed two independent ‘walk-up’ flats used by prostitutes, asserting drug dealing and a violent incident in the hallway, though with no allegation that these were connected with the prostitutes. No convincing evidence was presented and the women, with substantial support from the community, successfully opposed the closure order in court, though not before at least one of them had tried the more dangerous occupation of streetwalking around Kings Cross.

Why is this idea important?

The majority of sex workers in this country work legally and of their own volition.  They don't take drugs any more than the rest of society.  Street workers are the exception, but must not be seen as the norm for prostitution.  Most sex workers work discretely from their own homes, rented flats, as call girls or in illegal brothels.  Many work independently and some use the services of agencies to take their bookings.  The law though discriminates against them.  They are not allowed to share premises.  As soon as they share a premise, one of the them is now a brothel owner and is liable for imprisonment of up to 7 years, and all her earnings are confiscated. Using the services of an agency is also fraught.  An agency is operating in a grey area of the law, and thus encourages criminals to operate and high markup rates.

What other job in this country encourages people to work on their own?  Working together, so there are several people on the same premises ensures greater safety, from robbery, from injury and from the occasional bad client  Working together helps companionship, conversation and sharing of problems.  Working in a flat on your own is boring and tiring, do not believe those quotes which say a women will see 20 men in a day, normally they are lucky to see 2 or 3 in a day. 

The law at present  forces women to work on their own, making their life insular and dangerous.  Those illegal brothels and flats that do operate are targets of violent criminals.  Criminals know that there is little chance the crime will be reported to the police.  Reporting the violent crime will invariably shut the brothel down, and prosecution against the leaseholder of the flat will follow.  There is a pending case in Surrey where the brothel owner reported a violent crime where the sex worker was threatened and petrol was poured throught the flat. The owner, she has now been charged, while the criminals have never been charged.

Lets take an example in the United Kingdom and compare two cities near each other, Edingburgh and Glasgow.  Edinburgh tolerates prostitution, it occurs throughout the city in  discrete Saunas, the police check these on a regular basis, they are clean and well run.  The council earn large licence fees from these saunas, and the Inland Revenue earn VAT and income tax.  There is little street prostitution in Edinburgh, and little violence against sex workers.  Compare that with Glasgow where prostitution is not tolerated, brothels are closed down, women working from hotels are harassed.  There is  a far larger street prostitution problem in Glasgow than in Edinburgh, and there is far more violence against sex workers in that city with at least a death every year.

Closing down brothels also causes some displacement of brothel workers back onto the street.  An example was in Soho. The police closed two independent ‘walk-up’ flats used by prostitutes, asserting drug dealing and a violent incident in the hallway, though with no allegation that these were connected with the prostitutes. No convincing evidence was presented and the women, with substantial support from the community, successfully opposed the closure order in court, though not before at least one of them had tried the more dangerous occupation of streetwalking around Kings Cross.

Prostitution

Prostitutes perform a good service to men and help to reduce rape and sexual asault by satisfying men's natural desires before they become uncontrolable. It is only in a few situations where prostitutes are forced into the business, and I have know several who are very happy to perform the service without recourse to drugs. Introducing legalised brothels will take the women off of the streets where danger can exist and give them, and their clients a safe environment in which to meet.

Religious objections shoult be ignored – people with religious bias against the idea do not have to become involved if they don't want to.

Why is this idea important?

Prostitutes perform a good service to men and help to reduce rape and sexual asault by satisfying men's natural desires before they become uncontrolable. It is only in a few situations where prostitutes are forced into the business, and I have know several who are very happy to perform the service without recourse to drugs. Introducing legalised brothels will take the women off of the streets where danger can exist and give them, and their clients a safe environment in which to meet.

Religious objections shoult be ignored – people with religious bias against the idea do not have to become involved if they don't want to.

legalize prostitution

Legalize prostitution.

However the pimp gets 5 years in prison for each man/woman that they control.

This would end trading people,which is akin to slavery.

However it would allow the oldest profession,which no amount of law making will stop,to exist

free from the fear of the pimp and madam.

Why is this idea important?

Legalize prostitution.

However the pimp gets 5 years in prison for each man/woman that they control.

This would end trading people,which is akin to slavery.

However it would allow the oldest profession,which no amount of law making will stop,to exist

free from the fear of the pimp and madam.

Prostitution

Legalise prostitution  and have registered premises where prostitutes can work from. The numbers of woman being forced into the slave trade as prostitutes would hopefully decrease if it was made legal and health checks could be enforced.

Why is this idea important?

Legalise prostitution  and have registered premises where prostitutes can work from. The numbers of woman being forced into the slave trade as prostitutes would hopefully decrease if it was made legal and health checks could be enforced.

Unnecessary laws relating to prostitution

The laws relating to prostitution enacted just before the election should be repealed and laws should be passed to allow two ladies to work together as had been originally suggested by the last government and for brothels to be allowed to operate legally licensed by local councils as they do in Edinburgh

Why is this idea important?

The laws relating to prostitution enacted just before the election should be repealed and laws should be passed to allow two ladies to work together as had been originally suggested by the last government and for brothels to be allowed to operate legally licensed by local councils as they do in Edinburgh

Scrap all laws restricting consenting adults’ sexuality

Britain has dozens of laws restricting consenting adults' sexual behaviour, from the Disorderly Houses Acts of 1751 through to the law banning the downloading of extreme pornography of 2009.

The mail problem is that, although prosecutions are quite rare, people live in fear and are afraid to enjoy themselves to the full. For example, many people still think that prostitution is illegal, which means the wonderful service provided by many sex workers is never acknowledged, they have to work in isolation and secrecy, and fearful people do not use their services even though they really feel the need.

Many disabled people are forbidden to enjoy sex because of this ignorance.

I was very impressed that the Lib Dems came to me for advice when they were creating their policies on prostitution and pornography – the only political party to do so. I am happy to offer more advice if asked.

Why is this idea important?

Britain has dozens of laws restricting consenting adults' sexual behaviour, from the Disorderly Houses Acts of 1751 through to the law banning the downloading of extreme pornography of 2009.

The mail problem is that, although prosecutions are quite rare, people live in fear and are afraid to enjoy themselves to the full. For example, many people still think that prostitution is illegal, which means the wonderful service provided by many sex workers is never acknowledged, they have to work in isolation and secrecy, and fearful people do not use their services even though they really feel the need.

Many disabled people are forbidden to enjoy sex because of this ignorance.

I was very impressed that the Lib Dems came to me for advice when they were creating their policies on prostitution and pornography – the only political party to do so. I am happy to offer more advice if asked.