So, naturally, I had to fisk it.
Newmania, the WI idea is flawed because it promotes prostitution and if you spoke to many women in this trade, they are in it against their will or because there is no alternative.
What are you talking about? First, I have known a couple of women who worked as prostitutes, and read the blogs of a couple more, and they have all done it for one reason: the large amounts of money to be made. And that is their decision.
That may not be a "majority", but there are people who do it willingly and there always have been.
As for those who are forced into it... I’m sorry, but I must have missed the meeting where kidnap, rape, blackmail, false imprisonment and assault were made legal.
How would you feel if it was your wife, your sister, your daughter?
Do you seriously think, Ellie, that we should make policy from such an emotive standpoint? If you do, you're a moron.
But since you ask, were my sister or daughter in prostitution, I would rather that it was in a safe, licensed brothel where she could have regular check-ups, than out of the street with all the risks of assault, drugs and murder that go with it; coupled, of course, with the trepidation of going to a doctor with a medical problem for fear that the doctor will turn her in to the police.
If it were my wife, I'm afraid that I rather think that divorce would be on the cards. And then the above paragraph would apply. Probably. Depending how much I hated her by the end of it...
David, you say, “As for believing that we shall ever completely eradicate prostitution: how absurd!”
You will never completely eradicate prostitution, Ellie; just accept that, will you? We haven’t been able to do so in the last few hundred years, just as we have not been able to eradicate drugs.
This is because some men want to buy sex and some women want to sell it and, as long as it is a voluntary agreement, why the fuck shouldn't they? Who are you to impose your morals on other people—got a monopoly on being fundamentally and intrinsically right, have you?
Please try and put your emotions away and face reality: reality is so important.
Don’t you feel innocent women should be protected from those who force them into this, like the extract I quoted demonstrates?
As for innocent women being forced into this, as I pointed out above, kidnap, rape, blackmail, false imprisonment and assault ARE ALREADY ILLEGAL, as is "living off immoral earnings". Get it?
You may not like prostitution, Ellie, but—as with drugs—by far the most damage is done by making it illegal*.
And if you are going to argue against prostitution, at least try to realise that prostitution and forced prostitution are two different things entirely and we already have numerous laws against the latter.
What actually needs to happen—and I'm fucking sick of repeating this—is to enforce the laws that we already have, not to make yet more discriminatory laws that will not, in any case, be enforced but which almost certainly will, given NuLabour's track record, be used for some other reason entirely.
Fucking hellski. Some people...
* I know that prostitution is not illegal; living off immoral earnings, however, is and thus prostitution is effectively criminalised.