British Parliamentary Group: Stop Criminalizing Prostitutes, Legalize Brothels

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On Friday, the Home Affairs Committee called on the Home Office to “immediately change” existing legislation.

In England and Wales, the act of prostitution is not in itself against the law, but certain activities including soliciting in a public place and kerb crawling are illegal.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Every girl is born to be loved and cherished by one man later in life for all her life. (Genesis ch. 2) Man should get married and take responsibility and sacrifice himself for one woman. Man’s life is not worth living if he’d exploit women and children. Man must live for God’s glory and not for pleasures that exploit victims. Jesus Christ came to save sinners.

  • Becky

    Soon it won’t be illegal anywhere. It’s absolutely bonkers to think that decriminalising it will help matters at all. These women need direction and guidance else they wouldn’t be selling their bodies. Very sad.

    • SoWhat78

      So, you claim to care for and support these women, yet you support the status quo of the prohibition of prostitution which drives their industry underground, which truly leads to their victimization. Got it.

      • Becky

        Oh rubbish, else all crimes would be legalised if it were truly that simple. Actually, the opposite has been proven…decriminalising it increased the atrocities that stem from sexual immorality…more murders, rapes, trafficking, etc. The prohibition is there for the good of these women. The best thing that can happen to them, who believe don’t have a way out for whatever reason, is to be arrested. There are specialised Christian-based support programs that reach out to help them, which is quite essential.

        Above all, God Almighty has condemned it (eg Proverbs 23:27-28), which is why it’s illegal in the first place…it’s sexual immorality. That’s why there’s a “stigma”…it’s a sin and it’ll always be a sin. There’s absolutely nothing good, natural or redeeming about prostitution. These women, for many reasons, have lost their self-worth and they need to know that God loves them and that he died for them, too. They need God through Christ our Lord.

        • SoWhat78

          Sex/human trafficking is wrong and unfortunately, it happens in several places….even in the USA where it’s illegal. No one should be forced to sell sex against their will, nor should minors be participating in it. I’m only aware of one study that shows places with legalized prostitution have higher sex trafficking. The good news is that many countries where prostitution is legal are taking significant steps to combat sex trafficking. With freedom and liberty, negative consequences are possible, and we all need to do our best to make sure the innocent are protected. Can you please show me the studies that show legalized prostitution leads to more rapes and murders? One could argue that by criminalizing it, sex workers are being driven to do this in the black market, which leads to them being raped, murdered etc. In fact, many sex workers, themselves, say this! When they are assaulted, many of them don’t report it to police, because they are afraid of going to jail. Do you support that? It sounds like you do.

          Believe it or not, there are men and women who do sex work because they like it. You may not agree with their choice, but how is throwing them in jail helping them? I’m sure you think stripping is a sinful activity. Should strippers not be allowed to do their job?

          You imply that just because you think something is a sin, it should be illegal. Do you think premarital sex is a sin? Do you think it should be illegal? Should the police arrest people who have sex before their married? If not, why not?

          What about masturbation? In your view, should there be a masturbation police checking people’s rooms at night?

          • Becky

            Complete rubbish. Firstly, do you even understand the reasons these women become prostitutes? The majority of them are victims of childhood rape, incest and/or drug abuse. They didn’t become prostitutes because they thought it would be an awesome “job” with endless opportunities. They lost their way and their self-worth, but they still want out. Exploiting their brokenness and using them as a sacrifice for the supposed good of society (less rapes, less disease, less trafficking, etc) is evil and a blatant lie.

            Secondly, studies show the countries that decriminalised it the women did not receive better health care neither were they better protected by law enforcement and the increase of human trafficking, rape and murder was more than elsewhere. Germany is a prime example, along with Denmark and New Zealand. Look into those studies.

            Lastly, the word of God is the ultimate authority and he commanded that all sexual immorality is a sin, even against our own bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 5:19).

          • SoWhat78

            Lady, you can call what I say “complete rubbish”, and Bible thump and preach to me all day long……but that’s not an argument. In fact, you’re not really refuting my arguments at all. You’re just preaching to me.

            I’ve spoken to many prostitutes….in several places. Have you? Who made you the authority on why women sell sex? Some are as you describe. Others aren’t. Some are prostitutes because there are no other opportunities to make the kind of money they make as prostitutes. I support better economic opportunities for everyone. I don’t like women having to resort to prostitution because there aren’t better opportunities to make money. We agree that no one should be forced to be a prostitute against their will (trafficking, pimps), nor should minors be involved.

            I don’t deny that problems exist where prostitution is legal. That’s why I implied that it’s good news that these governments are taking more steps to combat human trafficking. They need to do more, though.

            On a related note, though, I couldn’t find the studies on Germany, New Zealand, and Denmark to which you’re referring. Feel free to show them to me. Unless I’m mistaken, Germany (at least before the migrant crisis), Denmark, and New Zealand are very civilized countries that don’t have high general crime rates. They have lower crime rates than the USA, do they not? Again, correct me if I’m wrong. If news reports are accurate, Germany has had a problem with rapes recently…..but that doesn’t appear related to rapes. That appears to be related to the migrant crisis. Perhaps one way to decrease rape and human trafficking in Europe and the USA to significantly restrict immigration from third world countries. Ever think of that? Food for thought.

            Again, I’m going to ask you the questions I asked previously that you refuse to answer. I’m going to just copy and paste (for the most part) from my previous post.

            Believe it or not, there are men and women who do sex work because they like it and have chosen to do it. You may not agree with their choice, but how is throwing them in jail helping them? You describe many of these women as “broken”. How is throwing them in jail helping them? I’m sure you think stripping is a sinful activity. Should strippers not be allowed to do their job?

            You imply that just because you think something is a sin, it should be illegal. Do you think premarital sex is a sin? Do you think it should be illegal? Should the police arrest people who have sex before their married? If not, why not?

            What about masturbation? In your view, should there be a masturbation police checking people’s rooms at night?

            Once again, straw men and bible thumping may make you feel high and righteous, but they’re not arguments.

          • Becky

            Here’s just a couple of studies…read away!

            Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking? Published in: World Development, (2013) SEO-YOUNG CHO, German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany

            Melissa Farley (2004), Prostitution Research & Education, “Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart: Prostitution Harms Women Even if Legalized or Decriminalized”

            New Zealand’s Prostitution Law Review Committee (2008) Report of the Prostitution Law Review Committee (Ministry of Justice: Wellington, New Zealand)

            John J. Potterat (2004) ”Mortality in a Long-term Open Cohort of Prostitute Women,” American Journal of Epidemiology

            Andrea Di Nicola (2005) Study on National Legislation on Prostitution and the Trafficking in Women and Children. Commissioned by the European Parliament

            Niklas Jakobsson & Andreas Kotsadam (2013) “The Law and Economics of International Sex Slavery: Prostitution Laws and Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation,” European Journal of Law and Economics

            New Zealand’s Prostitution Law Review Committee (2008) Report of the Prostitution Law Review Committee, Ministry of Justice: Wellington, New Zealand

            Wim Huisman & Edward R. Kleemans (2014) “The challenges of fighting sex trafficking in the legalized prostitution market of the Netherlands”, Crime, Law and Social Change

            Maite Verhoeven (2015) “Relationships Between Suspects and Victims of Sex Trafficking. Exploitation of Prostitutes and Domestic Violence Parallels in Dutch Trafficking Cases”, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

          • SoWhat78

            Why don’t you sum up the main point of each study, since you are so familiar with them? I don’t have the time to look read and examine each and every one of them.

            Judging from their title, they don’t refute any of the points I’ve made, nor do they answer my questions. I notice that you are not answering my questions or refuting my arguments. Just posting links to studies isn’t an argument.

            Anyway, since you refuse to answer my questions or refute my points, I’m just going to say this “argument” is over. If you change your mind, please feel free to respond.

            Again, I’m not dismissing those studies…..but I am asking you to sum them up….but again, from the titles of them, they don’t appear to refute my arguments, nor do they answer the questions I’ve asked you.

          • Becky

            Btw…a bit of information taken from one the news articles, “Home for Trafficked Girls Opens in Dominican Republic”, on this very site reporting that legal prostitution has increased human trafficking…

            “In the Dominican Republic, adult prostitution is legal, but it easily opens the door to a world of sex slavery. Actually, out of all the countries in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has the highest rate of human trafficking. In fact, a lot of young women and girls are brought across the border from Haiti into the Dominican Republic for this reason.”

          • SoWhat78

            See my reply above.

  • axelbeingcivil

    Makes sense to legalize it to me. All making prostitution illegal has done is made it very difficult to stop being a prostitute and horrible to be one. It’s impossible to report a beating or forced drug use or rape if you’ll go to jail for it. It’s downright near-impossible to maintain healthy and secure work environments, too, meaning sex workers are always at risk.

    Plus, it’s a bizarre thing to criminalize in the first place. Why make it illegal to sell what you can give away for free?

    Make it legal. It makes life easier for everyone involved, makes the streets safer, and makes it easier for those who want out to get out.