We could do something about prostitution. But we won't.
So 160 men have been lifted in the last three years by cops as part of 'Operation Kerb', the Bridewell's operation aimed at breaking the cycle of kerbcrawling and street prostitution in Dublin's north inner city, such as that infamous red light spot, Benburb Street.
And to that news, most people will say... bravo.
Apart from anything else, street walking brings its own anti-social problems that range from the mild to the severe. I've lost count of the number of female friends who have been propositioned by some sleaze in a car when they were walking home along the canal at the wrong time, for example. And on a much less threatening but still irritating level, it's not much fun walking through a prostitution hot spot when you're just trying to get from A to B – there's the real fear that you'll be lifted by the cops during a periodic sweep, or you'll be battered by one of the heavies who act as unofficial muscle for the girls and it just makes for an awkward social situation.