Sunday 26 March 2017

To legalise or to ban? Prostitution is not going away

Gardai have brought charges or issued summonses against 94 suspects in a crackdown on street prostitution
Gardai have brought charges or issued summonses against 94 suspects in a crackdown on street prostitution
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Different European societies have taken different approaches to the issue of prostitution. There are two polar positions: in Sweden, the selling of sex has been prohibited and men found to be buying sex from women are charged with breaking the law.

In Germany, the selling of sex has been legalised and regulated, so anyone (generally men buying the services of women, but sometimes men buying the services of other men, or transvestites) who wishes to make that choice can do so licitly.

The 'Economist' magazine, which is usually libertarian, recently commented that this had turned Germany into one giant brothel. It is revealing that most prostitutes – 63% – in Germany are foreign-born, and many have been shipped in from Eastern Europe.

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