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.

 

Get stripclubs off the highstreet

Stripclub licenses should be difficult to obtain and the clubs should be strictly regulated and the women who work in them should get a set wage rather than earning based on how far they are willing to go!

Why is this idea important?

Stripclub licenses should be difficult to obtain and the clubs should be strictly regulated and the women who work in them should get a set wage rather than earning based on how far they are willing to go!

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.

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

Legalise and Regulate the Sex Industry

The current laws on prostitution , far from stopping prostitution, actually serve to drive it further underground and endanger the lives of women (and men) who work in the industry.

Take the recent case of Hannah Morris for example. She and her colleagues reported a particularly violent assault on one of the escorts who worked at her agency, thinking the perpetrator would be caught and helping the police with their enquiries. Instead she was arrested and charged with 'brothel-keeping' . How many workers in the industry are likely to report violent attacks now? These are the real criminals, and if the law regarding brothels is not changed they will get away with it all and keep attacking vulnerable women, safe in the knowledge it will probably go unreported! This is a travesty.

It is unsafe to force women to work on their own (currently one women operating alone is legal, but 2 women working together purely for safety, neither 'controlling' the other's hours/pay/services is illegal). 

Why not make it legal for 2 or 3 women to work together in a co-operative? Legalise the buying and selling of sex, and make the sex industry taxable , legit , and like any other business. 

Of course trafficking and forced prostitution are awful things and the focus should be on tackling these without criminalising the 'normal' everyday law-abiding citizens who do this work of their own free choice? There are already laws against trafficking – why not use resources to implement them? 

If prostitution was made a legalised, above board, and proper profession, people who choose to work in this industry would be safer and free from stigma, the public purse would benefit from more (previously under-the-radar because of the law) parlours and 'working flats' paying taxes, and any vulnerable/ trafficked women and men wouldn't be driven further underground.

Think, people, Think! What is wrong with selling/buying a service between two consenting adults? These laws need changed before any more sex workers are attacked or even killed.

J Kinning, Scotland.

Why is this idea important?

The current laws on prostitution , far from stopping prostitution, actually serve to drive it further underground and endanger the lives of women (and men) who work in the industry.

Take the recent case of Hannah Morris for example. She and her colleagues reported a particularly violent assault on one of the escorts who worked at her agency, thinking the perpetrator would be caught and helping the police with their enquiries. Instead she was arrested and charged with 'brothel-keeping' . How many workers in the industry are likely to report violent attacks now? These are the real criminals, and if the law regarding brothels is not changed they will get away with it all and keep attacking vulnerable women, safe in the knowledge it will probably go unreported! This is a travesty.

It is unsafe to force women to work on their own (currently one women operating alone is legal, but 2 women working together purely for safety, neither 'controlling' the other's hours/pay/services is illegal). 

Why not make it legal for 2 or 3 women to work together in a co-operative? Legalise the buying and selling of sex, and make the sex industry taxable , legit , and like any other business. 

Of course trafficking and forced prostitution are awful things and the focus should be on tackling these without criminalising the 'normal' everyday law-abiding citizens who do this work of their own free choice? There are already laws against trafficking – why not use resources to implement them? 

If prostitution was made a legalised, above board, and proper profession, people who choose to work in this industry would be safer and free from stigma, the public purse would benefit from more (previously under-the-radar because of the law) parlours and 'working flats' paying taxes, and any vulnerable/ trafficked women and men wouldn't be driven further underground.

Think, people, Think! What is wrong with selling/buying a service between two consenting adults? These laws need changed before any more sex workers are attacked or even killed.

J Kinning, Scotland.

Prostitution: decriminalise

Decriminalise most prostitution. Allow licensed, regulated premises to operate a service. This would remove much of the incentive for the current sex-worker slave trade. It would provide prostitutes and their clients with a measure of protection and, since the whole service would be legal, it would provide revenue in the form of taxes.

In order to protect prostitutes, their clients and the general public I'd make it illegal to offer and use the service outside licensed premises.

Why is this idea important?

Decriminalise most prostitution. Allow licensed, regulated premises to operate a service. This would remove much of the incentive for the current sex-worker slave trade. It would provide prostitutes and their clients with a measure of protection and, since the whole service would be legal, it would provide revenue in the form of taxes.

In order to protect prostitutes, their clients and the general public I'd make it illegal to offer and use the service outside licensed premises.