delve a little deeper....
OK, so you remember This Blog? which was basically me ranting about the notion that prostitution is a crime against women and that The Scottish Bill to make paying for sex illegal was a load of pants. Remember?
Within that blog I asked if the law does change is it likely to happen in England too?
Well, it may well. The Guardian (links to article) reported last week that according to Gavin Shuker (MP for Luton South)
"2013 is a year in which parliamentarians will be forcibly pushing for the laws around prostitution to be revised, especially in light of what is happening in devolved administrations,"
Shuker, is the chair of The All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade. They have a website! It doesn't say much, but Mr Shuker has made a blog entry listing the Myths around Prostitution. Very helpful. It uses emotive terms such as 'sexual exploitation' and 'gender based violence' and brings up the usual words one associates with prostitution (note sarcastic eye roll) - drugs, domestic violence, abuse, coersion and so on.
However, Mr Shuker has failed to give us any idea where he got his clever ideas from; no stats, no references, not even any anecdotal evidence. One wonders whether he came up with these ideas based on watching The Bill or Band of Gold. Clearly he missed The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Shuker starts his missive "While a minority of women who enter prostitution claim to do so willingly, for the overwhelming majority it is a result of contributing factors including previous sexual abuse, debt, drugs, coercion, homelessness, domestic violence and others."
A minority? How do we know this? I know (of) plenty of women who make a very free choice over what they do, they are not victims, abused or addicts. They are independent, intelligent women who choose to do what they do.
As I said in my previous blog on this topic and in my letter to Rhoda Grant, I am not a victim who is abused by men. I don't believe that I am exploited and nor are my clients nasty man who hate and violate women. I've said it here before so won't go on about it again, but I am going to tell you to read THIS LINK called 'Sex work, why so hard to swallow?' by Becky Adams who has spent 20 years in the sex industry so actually knows what she is talking about.
We need to keep a close eye on what is happening in Scotland and what may come to pass in England. This is very scary. I don't want my clients to become criminalised any more than any man who has ever paid for sex does. I just can't comprehend why those in power are not focusing on those who really do need help, those who are abused and forced into prostitution, seeking out the perpetrators and doing something about that. Why can't they leave us happy free spirited floosies and our thousands upon thousands of clients who seek a little bit of fun, compassion and companionship alone
And if changes start to become afoot in England you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be banging on about it a lot more.