January 18, 2006


I read in the Metro today that the government is planning to change the sex laws so that up-to-three-person 'mini brothels' become legal, where currently it is only legal for individual prostitutes to practice in a single property.

Now, I really am torn on this issue. I do not condone prostitution at all. In a perfect scenario it would be great to get rid of it completely. Anything that leads to the increase of prostitution, which this change in the law may do, is not desirable.

However, we have to be realistic: eradicating prostitution completely will never happen. In this case the converse argument is extremely valid: in these small brothels prostitutes may well be protected by safety in numbers and thus live in better conditions.

Any thoughts?

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  1. While prostitution is not something that I'd condone, I admire the government's balls in legalising small brothels. In many ways it has just made the profession safer as it will lead to tighter regulations and control.

    These regulations could include the necessity for regular STD checks helping to reduce the incidence of these diseases in society.

    It also provides a new avenue of taxation to help pay for things desperately in need of money like schools and hospitals.

    18 Jan 2006, 16:57

  2. It's the oldest profession and it will probably be the longest lived profession, so I think the government should have the guts to accept this and damn well legalise it. At least it might go some way towards making it safer for all concerned (customer and prostitute and others) and to empowering the women involved, rather than letting men exploit them (I know this isn't the case across the board, but it does happen).

    And, regardless of what most of us feel, shouldn't women have the right to decide what they do with their own bodies???

    If it were legalised there could be all sorts of regulations around age, health, contraception, protecting children (if their mothers were involved) anonymity, etc etc etc… even minimum wages etc?!

    hmm… complicated one, but I think maybe small legalised brothels is a good start?

    19 Jan 2006, 11:13

  3. Christopher Rossdale

    This part is positive i think, the worry is the fact that they're going to tighten up on kerb crawling. Whilst this shoudl be a good thing, it could well lead to people who do crawl becoming agitated and jumpy. Rather than take the time to check out the customer and make sure that she feels vaguely safe getting in the car with him, prostitutes will face angry and possibly violent men, scared of being arrested.

    It could lead to an increase in violence, both because women can't properly check a guy out, and because the customers will be more agitated.

    19 Jan 2006, 13:51

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