Paying for sex 'should be outlawed'

Blackpool Citizen: An ex-minister is calling for a law change to make paying for sex illegal An ex-minister is calling for a law change to make paying for sex illegal

Paying for sex should be made illegal and the laws on prostitution need reforming, a former Conservative Cabinet minister said.

Caroline Spelman, who was Environment Secretary from 2010 to 2012, said she supported a Nordic model run in Sweden, Iceland and Norway that makes buying sexual services - but not selling them - a crime.

She also called on male politicians to make their views on the subject clear.

Mrs Spelman told The Guardian: "I think the Nordic law is the right direction, but we need cross-party support for it.

"It's very important men come out and say what they think as well because it's very emotive."

Under current laws, selling sex behind closed doors is legal and buying sex is allowed as long as a prostitute is not exploited by a third party for gain or encouraged into providing sexual services. There are laws against running brothels, soliciting and kerb-crawling in England and Wales.

Mrs Spelman said she was shocked by estimates that thousands of prostitutes in the UK had been victims of trafficking and said she believed reducing demand would be necessary to address such sexual exploitation.

She was backed in her support for the Nordic model by another Tory MP, Sarah Wollaston, who criticised the system of full legalisation of prostitution in Germany as leading to "horrific exploitation", The Guardian said.

The call for Britain to adopt the Nordic model was backed last month by a group of cross-party MPs.

But sex workers hit back, arguing that prostitution would not be stopped by criminalising people who pay for sex, the Guardian said.

Cari Mitchell, of the English Collective of Prostitutes, said: "We are appalled that at a time when benefit cuts and sanctions, increased homelessness and debt are forcing more women, particularly mothers, into prostitution, the best that MPs can come up with is to increase criminalisation."

Last month the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution to criminalise the buying of sex, which will lend weight to calls for member states to re-examine their policies.

The Home Office has no plans to review prostitution laws, the newspaper said, and Home Secretary Theresa May opposed calls in 2008 for clients rather than prostitutes to be criminalised.

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8:19am Tue 22 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Tssk...just why is it that politicians seem to expect to get everything for free...?!
Tssk...just why is it that politicians seem to expect to get everything for free...?! Katie Re-Registered
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9:53am Tue 22 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Paying for sex I have paid for that all my life by getting married.
Paying for sex I have paid for that all my life by getting married. Lord Spring
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10:11am Tue 22 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Paying for sex I have paid for that all my life by getting married.
yes i could not agree with you more. if you think what a bloke bungs into the pot during courtship and marriage, then ending up in COURT and loosing the shirt of his back in divorce, prostitution is a good alternate.
i went with high class call girls in my younger days on occasions and i can tell you it was the best s*x i have ever had in my life.
the girls where amazing especially the London agency based ones.
i have had all nighter's at about £700 and what a mind blowing experience that is, you will never get s*x like that in a marriage.
it certainly woke me up rather quickly and at the time i was a bit of a novice in the sheets.
Colchester girls back in the 70's were a little to prudish for me it was all this lovey dovey stuff, especially with the ones i got lumbered with.
I remember loosing my virginity with a call girl and s*x was never the same after, that 5 hours of bliss at 22 years old, for less than £400.
most blokes are effeminate, emasculated or demasculated eunuchs in my book, they have never really had it good, the women always dangle the carrot of control on them, they never really let go.
until you have been with someone that knows what they are doing and enjoy it, you have not lived. just remember spell LIVED backwards and what do you get? leave us alone and let us have our freedom from the oldest profession.
less is more Boris?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Paying for sex I have paid for that all my life by getting married.[/p][/quote]yes i could not agree with you more. if you think what a bloke bungs into the pot during courtship and marriage, then ending up in COURT and loosing the shirt of his back in divorce, prostitution is a good alternate. i went with high class call girls in my younger days on occasions and i can tell you it was the best s*x i have ever had in my life. the girls where amazing especially the London agency based ones. i have had all nighter's at about £700 and what a mind blowing experience that is, you will never get s*x like that in a marriage. it certainly woke me up rather quickly and at the time i was a bit of a novice in the sheets. Colchester girls back in the 70's were a little to prudish for me it was all this lovey dovey stuff, especially with the ones i got lumbered with. I remember loosing my virginity with a call girl and s*x was never the same after, that 5 hours of bliss at 22 years old, for less than £400. most blokes are effeminate, emasculated or demasculated eunuchs in my book, they have never really had it good, the women always dangle the carrot of control on them, they never really let go. until you have been with someone that knows what they are doing and enjoy it, you have not lived. just remember spell LIVED backwards and what do you get? leave us alone and let us have our freedom from the oldest profession. less is more Boris? A Very Private Gentleman
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10:25am Tue 22 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

If someone has the talent, is willing and needs financial security just what is wrong with using that talent?

Anyone who 'works' for a living is in effect 'prostituting' themselves for financial security, so why pick on a person because their option just happens to be the use of their sexual organs to that end.

I am a carpenter by trade, and used my skills in my hands to earn my living, where's the difference? Hands or sexual organs?

They both give the same personal results, with probably the same level of physical satisfaction to boot.
If someone has the talent, is willing and needs financial security just what is wrong with using that talent? Anyone who 'works' for a living is in effect 'prostituting' themselves for financial security, so why pick on a person because their option just happens to be the use of their sexual organs to that end. I am a carpenter by trade, and used my skills in my hands to earn my living, where's the difference? Hands or sexual organs? They both give the same personal results, with probably the same level of physical satisfaction to boot. varteg1
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11:12am Tue 22 Apr 14

liketoknow says...

illegal to buy it, but not to sell it! how is that going to work? what about the blackmail implications?
illegal to buy it, but not to sell it! how is that going to work? what about the blackmail implications? liketoknow
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7:21pm Tue 22 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

That woman belongs in a museum. Or America. With the narrow minded puritanical attitude on display there, it could be hard to believe we're in the 21st century.
That woman belongs in a museum. Or America. With the narrow minded puritanical attitude on display there, it could be hard to believe we're in the 21st century. /@|_|@\
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8:15pm Tue 22 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

three years ago i watched a Tv Docu on the subject, where a guy was left over £300,000 from his parents.
he kept his family home but had 3 1/2 years with call girls and ladies of the night. he said he had a wail of a time and the experiences was some of the best in his life.
he spent the lot and was fairly broke but oh the memories.
i would advise no young man to marry these days. digressing slightly you are far better off with the bachelor pad, weekend £10 grand Porsche and a Rolex and have your life to yourself.
relationships are not worth it these days, if you must have kid do your stuff out of marriage then see the child every other week and pay your £50 a week to the state.
in the long run the pain and the stress is a lot less cheaper.
with your spare money you can have a good time a really good time including the ladies with no commitment.
my mate dropped down dead three weeks ago coming in from work, 39 years old lovely bloke, his girlfriend has copped the lot. life insurance on the house no mortgage, the whole 9 yards.
i say f**k that for a game of soldiers, enjoy your life while you have got and fill your boots up while you can.
don't listen to the church or the state. they want you married so they can control you, you have kids in marriage your controllable. your boss controls you, your wife controls you, the kids start controlling you. they do not want you having s*x in bordellos why?
1. they get no dough out of it in state levies:
2. they do not want you to experience real freedom
think about it chaps!
its the best £500 quid you will ever spend if you can negotiate an all nighter on that rate.
three years ago i watched a Tv Docu on the subject, where a guy was left over £300,000 from his parents. he kept his family home but had 3 1/2 years with call girls and ladies of the night. he said he had a wail of a time and the experiences was some of the best in his life. he spent the lot and was fairly broke but oh the memories. i would advise no young man to marry these days. digressing slightly you are far better off with the bachelor pad, weekend £10 grand Porsche and a Rolex and have your life to yourself. relationships are not worth it these days, if you must have kid do your stuff out of marriage then see the child every other week and pay your £50 a week to the state. in the long run the pain and the stress is a lot less cheaper. with your spare money you can have a good time a really good time including the ladies with no commitment. my mate dropped down dead three weeks ago coming in from work, 39 years old lovely bloke, his girlfriend has copped the lot. life insurance on the house no mortgage, the whole 9 yards. i say f**k that for a game of soldiers, enjoy your life while you have got and fill your boots up while you can. don't listen to the church or the state. they want you married so they can control you, you have kids in marriage your controllable. your boss controls you, your wife controls you, the kids start controlling you. they do not want you having s*x in bordellos why? 1. they get no dough out of it in state levies: 2. they do not want you to experience real freedom think about it chaps! its the best £500 quid you will ever spend if you can negotiate an all nighter on that rate. A Very Private Gentleman
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10:23pm Tue 22 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

You are taking the mick, aren't you Jack? If not you are one helluva a bloke, mate and make me ashamed to be of the same gender. No wonder you've such a success rate with the ladies! Quite the catch. Maybe you're a closet gay who hasn't the courage to admit your real preferences?

Regardless, you are quite the most disagreeable, distasteful, offensive, objectionable and obnoxious pratt on this excuse for a newspaper's blog today.

But don't worry, my friend Bhuddie'll be along pronto, I'm sure, and her Majesty will soon usurp your reign.
You are taking the mick, aren't you Jack? If not you are one helluva a bloke, mate and make me ashamed to be of the same gender. No wonder you've such a success rate with the ladies! Quite the catch. Maybe you're a closet gay who hasn't the courage to admit your real preferences? Regardless, you are quite the most disagreeable, distasteful, offensive, objectionable and obnoxious pratt on this excuse for a newspaper's blog today. But don't worry, my friend Bhuddie'll be along pronto, I'm sure, and her Majesty will soon usurp your reign. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 1
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