Gross Absurdity

One minor absurdity.

Lap dancing clubs may be closed if they are located too near "inappropriate" sites such as schools, under transitional powers contained in the policing and crime bill published yesterday.

Run this by me again? Why is near a school an "inappropriate" place for a lap dancing club? Is anyone seriously suggesting that schoolchildren will thereby be tempted to visit one? Or work in one? Or tha t anyone would be stupid enough to allow them to do either?

Or have we simply got the knee jerk reaction that "for the children" justifies any silliness?

And a gross absurdity:

The main source of contention now is the new power to criminalise men who buy sex from women who have been trafficked or otherwise exploited. The wording of the bill introduces a "strict liability" test, under which a person who pays for the sexual services of a "prostitute controlled for gain by a third person" is liable for prosecution. It says it will be irrelevant where in the world the sexual service is to be provided, or whether the man is aware that the woman is being controlled for gain.

Under British law it will now be illegal to visit a brothel in Germany, where brothels are legal? What have these people been smoking?

6 comments on “Gross Absurdity

  1. “Under British law it will now be illegal to visit a brothel in Germany, where brothels are legal? ”

    Or, presumably, using a webcam.

  2. But everybody knows that lap-dancing clubs are frequented only by middle-aged blokes in grubby macs with an unreasonably optimistic assessment of their own attractiveness and by Japanese businessmen.

    Both should probably be kept as far away from schoolgirls as possible.

  3. Outside commercial matters, and a few other topics, there ain’t no such thing as British law. The Law of England (and Wales) may be a source of great embarrassment, but it’s poor form to try to spread the blame by trying to disguise it as “British law”.

  4. There’s a brothel (they call it a club) in Prague that has a shifting “staff” of about 50 gals. Whether or not they’re controlled, I would guess, is not easily determined.

    But the point is—that sex for visitors (men, women, and couples) is FREE Guests pay for meals, drinks, perhaps tips, but pay no price for the sexual activity. The “house” makes its money principally by recording the activity and selling the product (by subscription) on the Net.

  5. My favourite example of the relationship between the sacred and the profane is that Sacred Heart, the Jesuit church in Edinburgh in which my wife and I were married, is in the middle of the city’s ‘pubic triangle’.

    And as with lap dancing clubs opening next to schools, the J’s have been around there for far longer than the hoors.

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