November 5th, 2005


stty -kerb

There was a story in the Metro earlier this week about a potential shake-up in the laws concerning prostitution. Apparently, they're considering changing the laws so that clients will also be liable for prosecution under a new offence.

It's about time.

I was amazed when I first learned that you could be prosecuted for selling favours, but not for purchasing them. Unbelievably hypocritical. I'm not sure whether this is a result of the eons of misogynistic attitudes (the women "tempt", "lock up your daughters," etc.) or a more direct result of self-interest, namely that the various law-makers responsible have availed themselves of such services from time to time, or know people who do.

Either way, I hope this changes. If it's illegal to sell something, it should be illegal to buy it, too.


Why is there a register for sex offenders, but not for arguably more serious crimes, such as murder?

In fact, why stop there? How about fraud? Particularly certain CEOs of big companies...

On the other hand, there's supposed to be this understanding that, upon release, you've paid your debt.
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