The disaster of prostitution laws in Britain

10 April 2014  - 
Prostitution laws in Great Britain
A known evil is better than an unknown good. With this maxim you can define the regulation of prostitution in Britain.

Sally left a job as a manager to engage in selling sex. She independently works without the interference of a pimp or agency. She doesn’t feel like a victim and she enjoys having complete control over when and what to do. Her clients are mostly men but also some women. In no case are criminals or rapists, only people who are lonely. But if the government follows the recommendations made ​​by the Parliament last 3rd March, her customers would be considered lawbreakers.

Criminalizing customer


The politicians report pursues a realignment of confusing laws on prostitution in England and Wales, because, according to the parliamentary group, the law does not protect vulnerable women, but criminalizes sex workers making social reintegration difficult, it doesn’t reduce the demand for services and the women sexual exploitation by men. Furthermore, it doesn’t recognize prostitution as a form of violence against women. For these reasons, the group has prompted recommendations for buying sex to be a crime and to tougher laws against pimps and prostitution.


The Sweden’s path


Sweden is criminalizing sex commercialization since 1999; it is considered a model inspiration, although this is risky. First of all, the number of prostitutes on the streets was drastically reduced but soon rose again, said Jay Levy, who has written a book on the subject. It is difficult to count the girls who work on the streets because they have left to remote places or less busy streets. Many of them, after the reform in Sweden, have changed from street to online prostitution. According to Levy, sex trade has become more dangerous after that law. Social workers are reluctant to provide condoms because they don’t want to promote prostitution. Customers who buy online sex don’t want to give out any personally identifying information, something that prostitutes valued because it gives them security. Before that law, men could go to the police if they thought a prostitute was being forced to exercise, after that law, as they are criminalized, they don’t do it.


Consequences in Britain


People who work with prostitutes in Britain fear that new proposals in parliament to bring the same consequences as in Sweden. Georgina Perry, from Open Dors, is a nurse in a East London hospital who provides health care for prostitutes, has stressed that no way of prohibition reduces prostitution, only makes it less visible from the main streets.


The escorts are concerned because they believe that those who are attacked don’t denounce the police not to be pursuing themselves and their customers damaging their business and income. Alex Bryce from Ugly Mugs, an organization that supports the prostitutes reporting violence to which they are subjected, said he knows a policeman who wants the law be hardest to punish those adults who buy sex with adults in private.


Christians, feminists, conservatives and democrats against the customer


Gavin Shuker, leader of the group that works on the issue of prostitution and member of the Labor party in Parliament, stressed that the legislation on prostitution in Britain is a mess and has criticized that has no clear guiding principle, however, abolitionists do have a clear objective.


The group on prostitution in the Parliament is composed of many different members. Of the nine conservative, seven voted against gay marriage in 2013, some also voted to reduce the period to abort. Research carried out on the group was supported by Care, a Christian charity organization. Labor members who make up the group are formed by feminists and Christians. What a mixture.


In contrast to the Scandinavian countries, feminists are not a powerful political force in Britain, as in the case of Christians. Nevertheless, the Swedish way of proceeding could become part of the English one. On the one hand, men don’t want to be seen as oppressors patriarchs, and on the other, women don’t want to seem unsupportive.


The European Union after Sweden


Nevertheless, there is a non-binding resolution of the European Parliament recommending a similar legislation of their Member States. So if Britain is not following the path of Sweden, will probably follow the European Union one, which is to be just as depressing.


Botella’s coexistence in Madrid


In Madrid, Mayor Ana Botella brought to light in late 2013 the Coexistence draft, which seeks to impose its order on the streets through fines to homeless, prostitutes and anyone to do something else besides working and sleeping.


The Mayor has equated hanky sellers at traffic lights, car cleaners and beggars from other countries showing their amputated members with prostitution clients. And with that the Mayor has been very pleased, her apples and pears, her fines in the Gay Pride parade and her way to remove from one’s view prostitution without actually offering anything to help to improve the situation of women, often held by international mafias, has left her very pride, now I can enjoy a relaxing cup of “café con leche in Plaza Mayor”. At least, praise the Lord, the ordinance expressly states that prostitutes  will not be fined in any case, considering them objects of exploitation in this activity.


10 April 2014  - 

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