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September 12, 2007

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Mark Wadsworth

Agreed.

dsquared

I think my objection to your analysis was that the labour market for prostitutes *is* a normal market - but that your assumption that the majority of prostitutes were sole traders was questionable.

[Prostitute to pimp: I'll have to give you less money tonight. There are fewer punters on the street.
Pimp: That's all right.

Not very likely, is it?]

Actually I think it is. If there are, in fact, fewer punters on the street, then what can the pimp do? You're also ignoring the dynamic point that the reduction in demand massively reduces the incentive to traffic more women, which surely has to be important.

Matt Munro

The pimp will concentrate on his other business interests, the prostitute will probably end up working 16 hour days in a sweatshop, or worse, on a government "sure start" scheme.
I would challenge the assumption that all prostitution is "forced labour", where is the evidence for it ? It's more likely to be a rational choice made by people whose career options are limited. And no one is going to admit (at least to any agent of government) that they migrated me to the UK to walk the streets.
If the issue is really trafficking or forced labour then laws already exist to deal with both, going after the punters makes no sense.

dsquared

[If the issue is really trafficking or forced labour then laws already exist to deal with both, going after the punters makes no sense. ]

it does if the existing laws are really difficult and expensive to enforce (and they are) and going after the punters is cheap and effective (which it might or might not be).

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What about the alternative of legalising soliciting?

But that would not allow the capture of The Moral High Ground.

Geoffrey Roberts

Easy solution is to have a big war and get 1/4 of the male population killed off. Then the demand to pay for sex basically dries up as women become an easy to gain commodity.

The problem is that modern society just doesnt mix with evolutionary life expectancies that well and we have an excess of men upto aged 24, and never get a big enough surplus of women to men, until an age group where women have lost sexual desirability - hence the 50/60 year old men who will pay for sex.

If we could encourage the birth of more girls than boys, then we could solve the prostitution problem.

Perhaps the Gvt could add financial incentives to girls and not to boys.

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