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      08.11.2013 20:48
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      My best friend of 20 odd years once asked me to help her but I couldn't.

      She used to be just like me. She had a good job in the city. She used to like coming out from time to time and have fun. We used to drink. We used to dance. We used to be silly. We used to be chatted up by boys.

      And then one day she was made redundant

      She hung on for 6 months, with me probably supporting her financially and her getting roped into a load of hair brained money making schemes which resulted in the pair of us sitting up until 4 am typing up audio clips of autopsy notes. All for 60c.....

      And then one day she text me to tell me she was turning to prostitution

      What could I do?

      When a friend sinks to that level, they really have considered every other option and to suggest "how about" is just an insult to them

      Should it be legalised? I don't know. But I know the damage it can do. I know at the time it was the only option she had. I know she didn't want to be there.

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        04.02.2013 20:44

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        I am researching whether brothels should be legalised within the UK and how this would affect the hotel industry. Please can you take 5minutes to complete my survey. Serious participants and over 18 only! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/THGPRGS Thank you

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        03.01.2013 01:15
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        An opinion on the topic and a request for opinions.

        Having spent quite a few holidays in Amsterdam and Hamburg - OK beer festivals then - I have completely changed my view on prostitution. It is not the case that I would recommend it, as often women who get involved lose control and soon find they are working for a pimp and being led into the circle of working for drugs and taking drugs so as they can work, but if this was legal in Britain there could be ways to prevent this and stop it being the occupation that women get looked down upon for following.

        The reality is that it will not go away. There will always be men who are prepared to pay for sex and as a result women who will provide it for money. The two main worries will be for the safety of both parties and also the other people who live in the area where the activity takes place.

        At the moment most of the women will work the streets and don't have a static base so will normally get into the car of the client and end up driving somewhere that they hope they won't be seen. Both parties are taking a risk - the man could be driving into a trap and will be beaten and robbed, while the women could at best not be paid and at worst be attacked. There is enough Aids awareness nowadays so contraception should not be an issue yet there are still some women who say they are offered more money if they don't insist on a condom being used.

        When this happens in a residential area the locals are brought into the equation. Often they tell how they have to remove used condoms from their gardens each morning and often hear or even see the act taking place. Once an area has a reputation for being a red light area any woman who is out alone risks being stopped and propositioned.

        So - how can the women still continue to work and make sure that they are safe?

        One area in Holland - Utrecht - has accepted that this is something that will not go away and so has provided a safe zone. Permits are issued and there is a way to make sure that the women are safe. The cars park up in an area by an industrial estate and it is opened from 7pm until the early hours. The cars park in bays and in such a way that the passenger - the women - can get out if there is a problem. A bus is there that provides refreshment, condoms and any help that the women might need. This is something that was considered in Liverpool but it was not possible to find a location that would be suitable so it failed before it really got started. There was support and opposition but there was not enough time to get a Citywide opinion.

        Brothels will be another way to keep the women off the streets. This will be safer for them and the client but again there will be problems if residents find out that there is a brothel to open in their street.

        By legalising prostitution there are other advantages such as financial issues. At the moment very few working women will be paying tax, or getting access to the correct benefits and pension rights. This could be addressed meaning that tax will be paid throughout the working years, and there is a financial package at the end.

        It would also mean that there would be no need to fear what a pimp will do as they would become obsolete. Women and clients could meet in the house without any fear that they are being watched or that a pimp will take some of the money, or the police will be knocking the door down.

        Women could pay into a local fund that would allow them to buy any items they needed at a discount rate as they could bulk buy and one of the most important aspects would be that this fund could also provide a doctor and counselling service for anyone who needed it.

        Whatever happens this will not be the job for everyone but for some women it is something they would have no problem with doing if it was safer and seen as a service in the same way that many other services are viewed.

        It would also save a fortune for the police and courts who would no longer be prosecuting women and clients.

        This is not written to offend anyone who would be totally opposed to prostitution under any circumstances but I would be interested in knowing other people's views. It seems strange to be giving stars for this so I have just gone in the middle as there are good and bad points.

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          15.09.2009 19:19
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          Legalizing Prostitution - Discussion - Behind closed whores

          Should prostitution be legalized?
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          There are three certainties in life and that are Tax, Death, and guys wanting to pro-create. In that order as well, I must state. Your more likely to be paying tax before any form of fornication; unless your in one of the deprived areas that gets a frequented 'secret millionaire' visit, and therefore you wouldn't of paid tax, neon several generations, since digitalization. - So prostitution is big business where there are notable systematic failures across their mundane existences. You can't blame these areas whereby a cheap thrill which lasts 2 minutes if they're lucky then transpires into yet another generation of social demise and handcuffs that fast track you into a council house promptly and you up to the social for indefinitely. What if, you want to make more money? Have long-term plans for your family and good intentions initially? - 'Being on the game' is an option. It isn't about whether legalities come into it; these sad groups of girlies have rights to their own bodies, their bodies are a commodity and carries a worth, how ever little it is, it certainly is worth more than being on the social. - In this capitalism state we live and breathe, equity is paramount for worth. Equity is the 'working girls' body, but not their mind.

          To put the notion bluntly, everyone has to sell a commodity when it comes to what their services to a business is, from doing shifts at a packaging factory, or simply ironing all day for a Brigadier; no-one is exempt from the Western World's capitalistic nucleus. Like everything in Britain, Prostitution is all about the money and who your clients are and whether there is repeat business or not. Sounds familiar doesn't it! - The fact that it isn't legalized is neither here or there; if it is legalized, the government will be able to help these unfortunate girls by vetting them and providing them with health checks and monitor they're clients and perhaps even create yet another database which they could sell onto big clients themselves. - But today, they still prefer to slide the profession under a carpet as per normal because of the taboo nature doesn't fit their policy break-downs. It simply means that the treasury won't make much money out legalizing the profession; hence that the clients would want to remain anon. - This is one of the perks at the oldest profession has, it is very discrete; It is its strong point and also it's weak point also. What is apparent now is you don't get many lines in the filth driven tabloids about the extra-curriculum of our highest paid public servants, compared to 1996; when the Conservatives were riddled with sleazy sex games stitched-up by high-class hookers ready to sell their bedroom romp with the mild-mannered civil servant from Horsham, who normally only gets excited when the 06.55 from Birmingham is on-time. - Beware of the quiet ones, just like you would be with your bodily noises.

          'In bed with a mad Donna'
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          - Since the emergence of globalization via this new living lifestyle 'the internet' all forms of prostitution is available, not just the old traditional methods but via a web-cam, which can equally be dangerous for the health in another means. The introductory mechanism that the buyer actually gets to know the online hooker for virtual sex and then eventual sex; this prolongs the intrigue, yet is still a big hazard, for safety reasons and for data protection breeches. Whether its through a secure server or not, many protocols are broken via the sites terms and endangering the Web-Cam girls identity and health. Legalization of all types of prostitution I feel is paramount, too safety. - Through our shores foreigners reach the UK to then reside. The biggest earners are those working in clubs who are paid on a turn-up claimant, which again is not regulated and they just simply endorse themselves into a performance that would increase in monetary value to what they actually do with their client or clients. - The amount of money exchange within this environment is very lucrative. Basically, these are licensed sex bars, with limited rules, when out of the gaze of the management. These lap dancers stroke escort girls do not pay tax on their astronomical earnings. You could say they've already been exploited and therefore they've paid their worth via the work they do. I actually disagree; - While the rest of the UK work-force pays towards the downward trend of our GDP these individuals get away with no payments as they money is cash in hand. Forfeiting their right to a normal liberty riddled lifestyle which is to most of us available anytime, even though the taxpaying public is in fact treated as second class citizens. At least the escort girl or lap dancer 'does not pay tax'. So who really is the prostitute?

          We all know the term prostitution; yet most of us misunderstand the actual term. Prostitution is a derogative word that means we do a sex act for payment; that is what we are fed. The true value of the word can be put right across the working spectrum, whereby poorly paid workers are working in tough conditional environments for a very low wage. This is happening everywhere in the UK. - These same people have to pay small sums of tax out of their impoverish wages. - The word prostitution stems to a value or worth that is demeaning compared to the norm. When call girls or escorts or lap dancers want to make a lot of tax free money very quickly they have ventured into these areas to reap the rewards. - So who really is being used? - The greedy banker who has the money to throw at the pole dancers and have an expensive thrill, or is it the pole dancer who enjoys dancing and performing and more than likely enjoys sex as well?. - The concern I see is when it is out of a controlled environment whereby suddenly the government wipes their hands of the safety and well-being of the call girl and then when matters occur act so aloof that it causes a public outcry.

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          The last one was two years ago when in Ipswich prostitutes were being murdered by someone they actually knew very well. The Authorities dragged their heels terribly on the cases and it was due to the fact the victims were prostitutes. The head of Police actually said that they were finding it very difficult in gaining the correct and viable evidence that would put the murderer behind bars. In their investigation they came up with a load of dead-ends; before actually capturing the sick male who was staring directly at them. This was at a time CCTV was available; DNA technology was available. The ludicrously complex plan of DNA all of the Ipswich males was a complete sham. That wasn't about catching a sick killer, but it was about embarking on a huge DNA database that will be used via Westminster halls to collect and sell on to for research purposes. That was the real reason, and just proves how delusional the authorities are when it comes to dealing with the safety of call girls. Their own liberties are compromised just because of their profession; thanks to no regulation because the profession is not legalized

          What will also be unmasked is the ever present drug usage that these girls are succumbed to on a daily basis. For a fix they need big money. To get them out of prostitution is to clean-up their lifestyle first before anything else can materialize. The seedy world is only a short step away from these girls; their social groups are cursed with deep embedded emotional ties to other call girls. They truly do care for each other in the world of filth despair and no help from any governing bodies. Many of which have been disowned by their elders also; over 60% of them have children and they're children are in the dark to what vocation their parent does. The sex trade has hit new heights in the capital for new blood in South Americans and Asians. Sex trade gangsters buy the 'new blood' from foreign exporters who promise rich pickings for the fertile sixteen year old, who has been sent off by her family to work for her family rights, so she sends money to them. Financial temptation is just too much as they're bought gifts to endorse a taste for money along with a hit of cocaine; bringing home the vile reality to what capitalistic Western living is like. London is known as the underworld for the sex trade because of the non regulatory measures we treat these call girls with. - Many of these immigrants do not have their own passport but other peoples, along with a different name to hide detection; their families become the other call girls who have also been entrapped within this sordid world. Filled with family pride, they honor family wishes by exporting money to their families as a cover-up to their own detection sent by the sex trade gangsters. The government is honoring these practices, and claiming it isn't happening; the girls who run away from social care are also vulnerable to the life and so the cycle continues.

          Certain female groups have constantly spat at men in general for using the prostitution service and unceremoniously labeled them as being monsters in exploitation; yet seem completely short-sighted at how they became a call girl in the first place. - These girls need the trade, and men are programmed to pro-create. Ultimately the answer is to make Brothels legal so you can then monitor the proceedings, as at present nothing is in-place.

          Pop group 'The Police' captivated the mood perfectly in their hit song 'Roxanne' in the early eighties- A song that depicts a prostitute's need for a better life, that it the reason why all call girls have made these choices. Whether it is for Mother love, or feeding a desperate drug habit, Debt, or for providing for a deprived family abroad; the bottom-line is through legalization of the World's oldest profession it will allow a more compassionate culture that will make the higher authorities wake-up and smell the coffee, as we are so detached to the sex trade it is untrue.

          Copyright - 1st2thebar - 09 - 2009

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            08.09.2009 16:53
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            Girls are as complicit asvmen.

            Like everything else in Britain, Prostitution has become multicultural, girls from Kenya to Lithuanian, the Philippines to Russia, here to service the men that cant get a woman, or lumbered with the same one, the hubbies weekly illicit dip keeping the marriage together, saving on the same hourly rate as a divorce layer would charge, some would say. That why it's the oldest profession in the world.

            With the opening up of the new Europe the girls have come east and now dominate our lap dancing trade and certain aspects of prostitution, joining the last wave from South America and South East Asia to plump up the sex trade with a bit of exotic. The Eastern European serge has been very welcome by the men who use them, no doubt, and indeed the pimps as it's freshened up what had become an industry riddled with drug addicts and damaged people, culminating in the Peterborough serial killings not three years ago. Although the girls of that town learnt a harsh lesson they already knew, they were always going to take that risk when they work the streets, and, indeed are still doing it now. Those girls are desperate drug addicts that need to score client after client to get their fix and so not that picky who the guys are, some of their punters even paying them in drugs to manipulate them even more.

            We have seen recent high profile raids of brothels across the U.K where we are told by the authorities and the media that the majority of the girls are trafficked, yet many of the nationalities in them can easily get in with student visas or jump on National Expresski from Warsaw or Vilnius. In my opinion the numbers trafficked in the industry is talked up by charities and feminist groups who need the publicity, they usually dealing with the abused women of the sex trade and so angry with men, but not willing to accept that lots of women in the sex trade quite simply want to work in the business, crossing many borders, and perhaps not wanting to do the 6-2 factory shift or work in Tescos shelf filling on minimum wage all week. Some of the girls who work in the pole dancing clubs can make pretty good money for the hours they work and it's so popular now that the girls have to actually buy their space in the club and work for tips. Although many deny they sell their bodies to clients after their shift that's what goes on there, the money going up a lot more if they do. Some women quite simply enjoy the sex trade money as it's quite lucrative and that seems to offend women's groups who are blinkered and only want to accuse men of abuse and exploitation.

            I recall a well publicised raid in Birmingham where the girls were said to have been 'chained in rooms' and held captive behind 'electric fences', yet when the dust died down a few days later we discover that 13 of the women were released when it turned out that they were 'voluntarily working in the sex industry'; the remaining six, who also denied having been trafficked, were imprisoned at Yarlswood detention centre in Bedfordshire and threatened with deportation because of 'visa irregularities'. Now I have no proof but I suspect this is normal when these raids take place across the country, more show events to make it look like the local police are on top of things than doing actual police work.

            It's not a nice thought for some but many girls chose the sex trade for the money and as far as I'm concerned it's patronising to say they aren't capable of choice. The idea that British guys wouldn't have noticed the chains, or, indeed the girls not telling them about the chains, seems absurd. In fact many of the girls who make trafficking claims of abuse use the eventual arrest to try and secure green card immigration status in the U.K., so they can't be sent back to their country of origin under those human rights laws. There are even compensation payouts to girls who are proven to be trafficked. The loop-hole which allows the girls to claim they have been trafficked is likely to be closed down by the Home Secretary. It was the same again in Wales were 88 girls of legal age were taken into custody after coordinated raids by the police of which 76 "disappeared" from social services soon after.

            Where I do get angry is when kids from places like Thailand and Brazil are trafficked here to service scum that prefer to pay for their paedophilia. This is where I would throw taxpayers money at it big time. Kids under 14 are innocent of everything in my book and its adults that make them do what they do. Admittedly we export our paedophiles to the same countries and we are just as bad, Gary Glitter the poster boy, but at least we can stop it going on here. There's even talk of under age British girls being trafficked in the U.K for sex after being befriended by local lads with gifts like cell phone credit and cinema tickets, but as it's a niche crime and involves a specific group of British citizens, to avoid controversy and offence here I wont be mentioning it any more. I have learnt my lesson on the levels of increasing dooyoo censorship.

            I do accept plenty of abuse goes on in the sex trade and it's built on some low class establishments in likewise areas but in most cases it's still a woman's choice to go on the game, be they local or from overseas. The girls who are genuinely trafficked here tend to be from South East Asia or Africa and are often victims of brutal snakehead and Nigerian crime gangs, their very own communities in our big cities the cover. But it's also an immigration route lots of girls are willing to take to earn a better life in the west, many tricked over that way. And let's also not forget many foreign girls are here to service the growing waves of immigrants to the U.K. who want their 'home comforts'...Polish gals for Polish guys... Ask yourself what happens to these thousands of women in the sex trade when they get older? The morgues are not fall of them and they don't all end up as internet/ mail order brides for men from Essex. This is an illegal industry that allows attractive women to make a lot of money if they are prepared to sell their bodies and soul. Morally I think they have the right to do that, as indeed gay men have in male prostitution. But I don't think it's the raw exploitation certain people love to paint it.

            The most common reasons for girls to go on the game are mixed, some because they just need money to pay debts and the bills, single mums often working out of their council flats to find money for their kids even. Drug addiction, of course, is the big one, as is a nasty boyfriend who pimps her out for money for his particular addictions. On the other hand some of the older girls probably quite enjoy their regulars and can live another life outside of the vice trade. Generally though its desperation that takes girls to the streets.

            Not all prostitution takes place on street corners, the internet and cable TV the new 'cyber' phone box' to post your calling cards. In America the porn industry is bigger than Hollywood with big name legit corporations investing in them, all be it indirectly in many cases. Just as The Church of England has been known to invest in arms companies here, £20 million in one, the big hotel chains and media companies like Sky and Virgin Media profit from porn films that play on their pay-per-view channels in the customer rooms. The Catholic Church in the US invests millions in well known companies in their pension's funds, just as every other pension fund does, but its parishioners not aware that those big companies invest in porn through those cables stations and hotel chains they buy stocks in. It's a question of morals and I'm afraid we don't have many, some 70 million searches a DAY in the UK alone on Google that involved porn keywords. We use one hand to do our naughty business in front of the internet at night and the other to push the sex trade away from our responsibility. We enjoy free porn yet call the girls on the street all manner of names. All men (and some women)look at porn on the internet and so we are all hypocrites in some way if we are against legalising prostitution.

            On legalisation I would say it already is, the girls able to sell their services subtly on the internet and in local classifieds anyway. The question is if it was legal with thousands of legit brothels across the land like it is in Australia would the girls actually embrace that and be keen on paying tax on their earnings and stick to the rules? If you're a drug addict you can't work in brothels in Australia and the same rule is loosely applied to massage parlours here. Plenty of girls would still be outside the system. Would the guys want to be monitored like they are in hoar houses in America, an incriminating database indeed.

            The plusses are keeping these girls safe in warden controlled buildings and increasing good health practice. The girls may have sexually transmitted diseases and so regular health checks would help in legal brothels, mandatory A.I.D.s test happening in the adult movie industry here and so it could bring down infection rates in prostitutes. You can never make people use condoms and so any rule that would enforce that helpful.

            -Feminist point of view-

            http://www.allwomencount.net/EWC 20Sex 20Workers/TraffickingExcerptSFBriefing.htm


            http://www.backlash-uk.org.uk/sanders.html

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              13.07.2009 18:21
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              A tough call, but in my view legalisation brings more benefits than it does problems.

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              OK not really my thing, but it does strike me as strange, that in todays society if two consenting adults want to sell "a service" this should be deemed illegal.

              So to my mind the real question should be, WHY is prostituion illegal?

              Prostitution is called the worlds oldest profession for a very good reason.

              As unpleasant and unsavoury a subject this undoubtedly is, to most people, it remains an undeniable fact, that men and women have since the dawn of time, partcipated in this activity.

              Undeniably it is also the case that regardless of its legal status, this will not change. Prostitutes will always exist, as will the men/women who seek their services.

              The reasons behind the whys are huge and complex, most of the actual prostitutes enjoy the work, and enjoy the money this brings. Some are doing it to fuel their drugs habits, and a very small minority have been entrapped into this lifestyle and are modern day slaves, threatened with violence, and living in fear.

              Most of the users are either addicted to the thrill, or find this avenue as an escape to real life, maybe even perhaps an unhappy relationship. I am not going to try to justfiy the moral virtues of either the prostitutes themselves, or of the people who seek their business. However I intend to outline my argument for the legalisation of this trade.

              I would like to point out, that when I say "prostitute", I am making reference to male or female sex workers, and likewise when talking about users.



              -- My argument for Legalisation --
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              (1) If it was legal, rights would exist for the prostitutes.
              Although the majority of prostitutes are not enslaved or considered to be sex slaves persae, there is undeniably a proportion that are. If prostitution was legal, this illegal activity would be reduced. Since most users would undoubtedly or at least presumably, choose establishements were buying sex was legal.

              Further, it would be possible to ensure a liscense system, and health provision existed. So that users were also confident, that the prostitutes were (a) of legal age, (b) screened for sexusal diseases, and also importantly (c) voluntarily working in this business.


              (2) If it was legal, red light areas could be cleaned up.
              As with most unpleasant things, there is often a sense of NIMBY, meaning Not In My Back Yard. An if people are not affected directly, largley speaking they don't care.

              However, if prostitution was legal, there could legally exist licensed brothels, which could be placed "out of town". In my opinion, this would mean that the current areas where this activity currently occurs would become safer for women after dark (from being approached), and generally would be more desirable places for residents who are effected.


              (3) Police time could be spent elsewhere.
              I have no exact figures for how much financially the Police spend on dealing with prostitution, but presumably it is quite a tidy figure.

              Also, further to the direct monetary cost, there is also the question of time and resource in the whole system. Ranging from the prosecution service, through to the courts. This extra resource could then be used to clamp down on more pressing issues like violent crime or burglary, and drug offences.


              (4) Taxes and criminal activity.
              I think it is fair to say, that a taxation system would be required. This revenue could be spent on restoration of the former red light areas etc. In addition, if prostitution was legal, alot of the criminal gangs would be put off this area of business.

              I believe this would make things safer for the prostitutes, and provide a visible financial framework. Currently being an underground activity, the generated funds dissapear into the criminal underworld, and may provide funds for the drugs, and/or illegal firearms trade. Taking this money out of circulation will undoubtedly assist.



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              A contentious emotive issue, but to my mind the benefits of legalisation outweigh the possible problems.

              Would I use this service if it was legal?
              A definate NO!

              However, since this activity takes place anyway, and since in a controlled environment no real harm would be done (in my opinion). I see no reason why this should remain illegal. The moral rights and wrongs are irrelavant. It should be legal.

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                09.04.2009 00:38
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                Legalise prostitution - just why is it illegal anyway!!

                Should prostitution be legalised? Well the simple answer I would give you is yes. As has been said a million times before prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, it will never go away, so why waste resources arresting prostitutes and the users. I personally can see no harm in a prostitute performing a service, providing it is with her consent, in return for cash. Many of us offer our bodies in different ways each day in return for cash - just not in a sexual way! However there is one big condition. That is that any services or advances must be carried out in a brothel. Why? Well I will explain my reasoning a bit further.

                Safety of the Public

                I know an area a couple of miles away from my house which is frequented by prostitutes. It is right outside an all girls school. If you go down there you will see used condoms all around the place. You daren't slow down or you will be approached. I was approached once and had only stopped for a couple of minutes to check an A-Z.

                Safety of the Girls

                As well as the public being at risk so are the girls. How many times have we heard of working girls being murdered. Remember The Ripper, The Suffolk Murderer. These girls are risking their lives.

                Health and Safety

                In a Brothel the girls could be screened for diseases. The men forced to wear protection. All the facilities and bedding kept clean. There could also be on site security to protect the girls.

                Tax

                The government could treat the profession just as that. They could tax the girls and use the money for educating other girls and helping with their drug habits.

                If all the above was carried out this would make prostitution a lot safer.

                The Alternative

                Well we could carry on as we are. The Girls arrested and then released. The clients arrested and released. Condoms thrown everywhere in prostitute areas. Girls being beaten up and raped, even killed. Both the prostitute and client having no where to clean themselves. Women being mistaken for prostitutes and approached. A nightmare for residents in the area.

                Well I've had my say. I really can't see why it has not be legalised already!

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                  22.03.2009 20:08
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                  would do some good, but not much

                  Should prostitution be legalised, that's the question and im sure the answer must be yes. Would that mean that more people would visit brothels, and more women would want to get into the industry, well I don't actually think it would myself. I know that I couldn't ever see myself visiting a brothel for sex even if it was legal, I think id be far too embarrassed to go in and I wouldn't even dare walk near a prostitute I saw on the street.

                  However that's my views, and despite mine there obviously not everyone's as there are prostitutes on the streets making money from selling sex. They are at risks from STD's as well as being attacked and its just not a nice way to make a living. I'm sure a legal brothel wouldn't be a much nicer way for a girl to make a living unless she was really enjoying what she was doing.

                  However I'm not totally convinced that legalising prostitution and bringing it all inside would mean there would be less prostitutes on the streets, most are forced into prostitution because of drug addictions or debt and need the money to live and do prostitution as a last resort. These are the kind of people that legal brothels would accept any way, and then what would they do, they would just go straight back out onto the streets again so I think it wouldn't necessarily help everyone.

                  I'm sure making prostitution legal would make it safer for most prostitutes to work, however I think it would also turn into a case of only the good looking girls will get the work at the brothels, and only the clean girls too, so what about the girls who are addicted to drugs, and do need help, well they'll just have even less customers on the streets as men would rather go to a legal brothel and then it would not help these people at all.

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                    This is my view, let me know what you think

                    Whilst I appreciate that it is a sensitive subject and that not everyone will agree with me, I am in favour of the legalisation of prostitution and I hope that after reading my arguments for it, you can understand my point of view.

                    SAFETY:
                    I think that safety is the biggest argument for the legalisation of prostitution. I recently watched a Louis Theroux documentary in which he lived in a brothel in an American state in which prostitution was legal (I believe it was Nevada). The brothel provided a safe and controlled environment in which the girls could practice their profession legally and with no fear of being beaten, raped or killed. There were regular tests for sexually transmitted infections for both clients and prostitutes. If this sort of system could be implemented in this country it would be a lot safer for prostitutes to go about their business, being protected by the authorities rather than trying to avoid them. The fact is that this business has been going on for centuries and will carry on regardless of whether it is legal or not. At least if it was legal, there would be more protection for the women involved and a horrific incident such as the Ipswich murders may be avoided in future.

                    CRIME:
                    If prostitution was legalised and those working as prostitutes could be tracked, it could lead to a reduction in the trafficking of women. Women brought into this country to work as prostitutes are often abused, kept in horrific conditions and form serious drug habits to cope with their new life. These women cannot go to the police as they would be arrested for prostitution but if this was made legal there might be some way to protect these women.

                    ACCEPTANCE:
                    Whilst many women turn to prostitution as a last resort or are forced into it in some way, there are some women who are proud to be prostitutes. While this may be difficult to comprehend for many people, it does not seem to me to be too far removed from the more extreme end of glamour modelling or pornography. The mindset of using one's body to make money seems to be the same the only difference seems to be the circumstances surrounding the act. Whilst I would never consider prostitution myself, I don't think that people who do this for a living are immoral. I think that a lot of women who get into prostitution and say that they enjoy it seem to suffer from low self esteem and often have some issues about relationships. However, if these women are determined to make their living by selling their bodies for sex, I would rather they did it in a clean, controlled environment than lurking on a street corner not knowing if the next car they get into could be their last.

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                      01.02.2009 21:34
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                      Hmm.. tricky subject

                      Hmm ... This is a difficult subject. I mean regardless of whether it is legal or not people are still going to do it anyway right? Surely legalising it however will show an increase in the amount of females & males selling themselves for a little bit of money. I know it has been going on for many years however it is dangerous for both males and females to be on the streets. Only recently in the news we all heard about them young females who were murdered. For this reason, I think prostitution should be legalised to make people safer as they are going to do it anyway. Yet on the other hand, maybethis news has shown people how at risk they are and have stopped doing it? ( probably not ) but it could?

                      Prostitutes obviously need help regardless, to be in the situation where you sell sex you must be very desperate. This could include the need to fuel a drug addiction. We as a society should help these people so that they do not have to turn to such low standards.

                      This is just my opinion, I'm not sure either way. It's not right but it's not going to stop happening unless something drastic happens.

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                        31.01.2009 23:56
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                        The revoking of the law making prostitution illegal.

                        Prostitution is widely believed to be one of the oldest jobs in the world, dating back to Babylonian times (around 600BC)! It has though, relatively recently, taken an turn for the worst and has become largely frowned upon in modern society and in the eyes of the media, which is probably why so many of these reviews are dead against the idea of legalising the age old trade of prostitution. Personally I believe that prostitution should be legalised, and my reasons for my point of view are below.

                        Firstly, as you might expect, prostitutes are particularly susceptible to picking up sexually transmitted diseases, some of which are more serious than others, however are large majority are very treatable if they are diagnosed early or at all. Since prostitution is currently legal there aren't the facilities available to prostitutes who work illegally at the moment to be treated for these diseases. Legalising prostitution would allow prostitutes to be screened regularly for STI's. Whilst people might argue that it would be a prostitutes own fault for contracting a disease. This may be true, but it is a very short sighted. Future "legitimate" partners of prostitutes will then also be put at risk of contraction disease and infections, which would eventually cause a chain reaction of people being infected, no doubt causing many, many more people to be infected further down the line.

                        However I am not saying that there will be no disadvantages of legalising prostitution. Arguably it would allow society to become sleazy and give the country a reputation accordingly. That's why if I was the one passing the act legalising prostitution I would add a conditional clause, which states that people who are currently working as prostitutes must be searching to find another job, with aid and assistance provided by the government.

                        We must not forget that there has been decades of negative media attention and social rejection towards prostitutes. Passing legislation to legalise prostitution will not reverse this. Women (or men) who are prostitutes will not suddenly be seen in a different light by society, thus the job will be no more desirable. It is highly unlikely that the amount of people who work as prostitutes would suddenly experience a massive rise.

                        In conclusion, I think what we forget is that people who are prostitutes generally do not do so because it is an easy life or good money. It is quite the opposite, and in fact I personally believe that if research was done we would find that a large percentage of prostitutes only do the job so that they can supply their families with money and also (unfortunately) to feed drug habits. Neither of these problems are impossible to solve, and we need a kick start to begin the healing of them. The legalisation of prostitution may be exactly what is needed

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                          26.01.2009 16:37
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                          Tough call, better if people are safer !

                          It's an age old question speaking about 'the oldest profession in the world' I don't know if it is, but people always say it don't they. There is obviously the for and against argument


                          For

                          So what are the good bits if it was legalised, you get it off the streets which is a good thing, the workers and punters would generally be safer indoors, with other people if it was policed or had regulations like any other business. This would, in turn reduce diseases, attacks on both the worker and punters.

                          It would be taxable - just like any other job, bringing more money into the economy.

                          It would stop sex workers relying on pimps to some extent, people would be more self reliant.


                          Against

                          If it was legalised, meaning the premises would have to be licensed, so would the workers which would cost them money. I would suspect workers who take up prostitution for drug money or any other sort of debt- ad hoc hookers would not want to pay this start up charge and would be on the streets anyway.

                          Prostitution is still illegal and the police do not have the time (or inclination I would think) to lock up every single prostitute, so even if there were legalised brothels this potentially would not make a difference.



                          In conclusion - for me - I am not sure. Initially the 'for' argument was fine for me, but as I explored the possibilities, especially in our culture, even though this does work in other countries.

                          For us I am not sure it would work as there would still be illegal prostitutes on the street. I think sometimes it is glamorised to be more 'confessions of a call girl' than its stark reality that very very rarely (if ever) people get into prostitution because they like it. I doubt it is a profession of choice.

                          I'm sure people live with it because they have to. In principle I agree with prostitution, this gives men a fairly honest way of having relations with a lady and that lady then gets paid. I would suspect if it disappeared we may have more date rapes and sexual assaults as some men obviously need this outlet (or there wouldn't be prostitutes)

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                            05.01.2009 09:20
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                            if its going to happen anyway, at least make it safer

                            This is always going to be a bit of a tricky one to call, but I personally believe that prostitution is something which should be legalised. By this I mean that women who go out and get paid to have sex with men through their choice, not women (and often young girls) who are taken and forced to sleep with men against their wishes-there is no excuse for this and it is definitely not something I would every advocate.

                            Anyway, I digress.

                            I believe that if prostitution were legalised, it would be a hell of a lot safer for everyone involved. I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty of why people go into prostitution as I know that many people are involved in it for different reasons and that perhaps some people are in financial difficulty and feel they have no other choice etc. Anyway, if prostitution were legalised, it allows for rules and regulations to be set out in the interests of the girls and their clients. It would allow for people to be tested for STDs and hopefully sort out suitable contraceptive measures, greatly reducing the risks of ill health and/or pregnancy.

                            I also believe that perhaps if it were legalised, then it would not become quite so taboo and this would allow for prostitutes to be able to talk about whatever difficulties (if any) they may have gotten into which made them resort to prostitution in the first place(not that i'm saying that you have to have had any problems to become involved in it).

                            A professional counselling service could be made on offer as well as psychiatrics and psychologists to screen girls and ensure that they are mentally in the right frame of mind to be doing what they are doing, or perhaps just to let the girls see that they have other options, and that there is help out there for them and not everyone will judge them for what they do. Legalisation could also perhaps make the powers at be aware of different situations which they can help with-for example if prostitutes were homeless or addicted to drugs, then appropriate steps could be taken to house them or enter them into rehabilitation. Whilst it is illegal, its very easy to turn a blind eye to what is going on, and i don't think that is the right way to go about things. whilst its illegal, girls are in danger as they are less likely to talk about their life and any difficulties they're experiencing, and this makes them more vulnerable, and more susceptible to negative experiences.

                            At the end of the day, I am not saying that I agree with prostitution, as I believe that people shouldn't have to resort to selling their body for money, but it is something that will continue to happen, legal or not, and so surely its better to have something legalised and made safe, than kept illegal but also a serious danger.

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                              05.01.2009 03:02
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                              My opinion

                              I think i have to disagree and say prostitution should be illegal which you wont hear very often coming from a teenage boy lol.

                              I believe if a women resorts to prostitution then she has no respect for herself or family. Is your mum suppose to be proud of you?

                              Also it is not safe anymore. I have lived in ipswich since i was born, and you all should have heard of this place after all of those prostitutes where murdered 3 years ago. Maybe if certain places where introduced, similar to strip joints where prostitues could go and earn some money in a safe location that would be ok.

                              Some may say that it is the only way they can earn money however i dont believe this to be true. There is ALWAYS ways to make money if you look around rather then resorting to this dirty forbidden habit.

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                                05.01.2009 02:52
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                                its a lot safer for the girls

                                Ohhh this is a toughie but i will try and say what i can.

                                I do think prostitution should be legalised for the fact that it has been around for years, and even though it is illegal there is still loads and loads of prostitutes around noone will ever stop it all together.

                                Girls are just trying to make a living in any way they can, which is better than having more people starving and homeless!
                                Another thing is that at the moment because its Illegal its very very dangerous as the prostitutes generally dont have anywhere to take there clients most of the time the clients drive the prostitutes to places which can be very dangerous as nowhere knows where these girls are and this is how murders happen and girls go missing.

                                If prostitutes had places to go to take the clients and a properly run place it would make it a lot better for everyone, the girls could then be monitored so there not doing anything they dont want to do so there not getting hurt and loosing there lives.

                                And of course they would then be able to make sure all the guys use protection and the girls are STD checked regularly if its the career that these girls want then let them have it just lets be safe about it all.

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