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Comment #462646 by SilentMike

But shouldn't the law allow for a legal alternative so that both providers and customers have an option to do this legally (and the providers would then also get more protection)?

I could be completely wrong, but I don't think that is going to work, because who wants to be a registered prostitute?

You have to give people the opportunity to do their thing in a way that doesn't hurt anybody and not ban it just because you don't like it.

I'm not sure there is a way to arrange prostituting in the UK so that no-one gets hurt, not while the prostitutes or clients consider the whole business to be something they are forced into, perhaps by addiction.

In the immortal words of the late George Carlin: "Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal?"

I didn't say that selling should be illegal, just buying... to avoid hurting the women with prosecutions.

Perhaps there is a way of using the financial aspect to help the women: set a minimum legal charge for sexual services. Price it so high that few men will pay, but once is enough for the women to have a choice of avoiding sexual encounters for a year or two!

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:47:00 UTC | #442910