Should it be a crime to pay for sex? The British government wants to make it illegal to pay for sex with prostitutes who are controlled by pimps or have been trafficked to the UK. Will this move protect vulnerable women? Men who pay for sex could be publicly identified and even charged with rape, if they knowingly have sex with a woman forced into prostitution. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said it would 'be a good thing' if the measures deterred men from visiting prostitutes. Sex workers have criticised the proposal, saying they could be at greater risk if they have to work alone or in remote neighbourhoods.
Should the sex-trade be subject to tougher laws? Or would decriminalisation be a better move? How should governments prevent trafficking?
"Should an officious woman who indulges in gesture politics be allowed to become and remain Home Secretary?" is a question that also comes to mind.
My advice to seekers and purchasers of sexual services is this.
Apart from going equipped with the wherewithal for safe sex, he should also bring along a form to be filled in by the provider to protect him from criminal proceedings:
I, [name of prostitute], a provider of sexual services, do hereby declare
to [name of client] a purchaser of my sexual services, that I have not been
forced into prostitution.