Policing sex trade
Published 24/04/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Concerning Sarah Benson of Ruhama's letter on April 17, 2011 -- criminalising the clients of sex workers is a retrograde step which amounts to a bedroom police.
It is also a thin edge of a wedge where other activities commonplace in a tolerant society could find themselves banned later, for example types of female/male dancing or adult images that fell short of an arbitrary rule on exposure. We would be back to the days of censorship.
Everybody should condemn trafficking, however there is plenty of misinformation surrounding the issue. Groups are overstating the number of people who are victims. The police in the UK recently failed to find a single woman who was trafficked into the country and forced into prostitution.