Yes, prostitution is legal, but solicitation is not. As from a BBC article last year:
Buying or selling sex is legal, but many activities related to prostitution such as kerb crawling, brothel keeping, pimping and soliciting are not.
So, why am I posting this? Because of a recent article in The Guardian “Paying for sex with prostitutes to be made a criminal offence“.
What the Home Office is pushing for is making it illegal to buy sex if the woman has a pimp and if the woman was trafficked, the man buying the sex may be charged with rape.
However, the Home Secretary is understood to have ruled out a complete ban on paid sex as some women have argued that this would have been unfair as they sold their services without being under duress.
This is something that you are not quite aware of while living here … especially with the Netherlands being on your doorstep.
What is great is that they are allowing for free choice, but trying to address the pimping and trafficking. Back to the BBC article:
We do need to have a debate and unless you tackle the demand side of human trafficking which is fuelling this trade, we will not be able to protect women from it.
Basically, you can sell and buy sex in private; no public places, no brothels and no sex with children. Compare this to New Zealand’s policy of legal brothels.
Imagine a world where women can choose, instead of being forced.