The criminalisation of sex workers in England and Wales should come to an end, a cross-party committee of influential MPs has recommended.
In an interim report published on Friday, the home affairs select committee, which launched an inquiry into prostitution earlier this year, said the Home Office should immediately change existing legislation so that soliciting is no longer an offence and brothel-keeping laws allow sex workers to share premises. While prostitution is in itself legal in the UK, such related activities currently are not.
Not wholly sure about soliciting myself, have a feeling that’s something that could usefully be retained as a petty offence.
Yeah, I know, odd. But something that people do complain about, and it’s fair that they do, is an area taken over by street walkers approaching all and sundry. Not in hte streets and not frightening the horses doesn’t sound unreasonable to me.
However, the basic thrust (fnarr, fnaar) here is fine. The problem is that it’s only one shoe, we need the other to drop:
With regards to changing the laws on buying sex, the inquiry will continue, and the committee will seek further evidence on the impacts of recently introduced laws in Northern Ireland and France, as well the model of regulation used in New Zealand.
I’d give you odds on that they will recommend the Nordic model. Legal to sell, illegal to buy. The idiots.
The English Collective of Prostitutes, which has been campaigning for the decriminalisation of prostitution and for sex workers’ rights and safety, welcomed the committee’s report. A spokeswoman said: “We’re absolutely delighted.
They’re laying a trap for you honeys.
There are estimated to be about 72,800 sex workers in the UK – 32,000 of whom are in London – and about 11% of British men aged 16-74 have paid for sex on at least one occasion. Sex workers have an average of 25 clients per week paying an average of £78 per visit.
So not 100,000 Vietnamese in the nail bars alone then?
And 95 million tricks a year? Call it 30 million adult males (close enough) That’s three tricks each a year. Or if only 10% ever go, then 30 per year from those who ever go.
But of course that’s absurd, it won’t be a 100% of lifetime participants taking part each year. Call it what, 10% of that? 1% of the adult male population are regular punters? That’s nearly one trick per day per punter. sure, mix and match the numbers as you like, maybe it’s 20% of lifetime users who are regulars, 50%. But it still looks very high as a number, doesn’t it?
Either that or there’s a heck of a lot of tourists involved. But even that doesn’t really solve it as some portion of that 11% of UK partakers will only have done so abroad.
There is a way to make these numbers balance out. Which is to assume that they’ve taken the punter and tricks number from the very busiest in the trade and then applied it to all. Work isn’t going to be 4.3 weeks a month, there’s an awful lot of part timers out there. Still difficult to work out the actual numbers but run it back the other way.
11% of adult males have once ever. Say that 10 to 20% of those are regular consumers. 300 k to 600 k once a week. 4-8 tricks a week for the average working girl. No, obviously that’s not the average workload of someone working full time in a massage sauna etc. But across all offering the service that might be a rather better estimation.
Simply cannot see 95 million tricks a year from 3 million blokes who have ever partaken as being correct.