Our local MP David Burrowes is raising a petition to stop local newspapers and others accepting adverts from institutions (like “saunas”) selling sex. One local paper has backed the campaign and will not take such adverts.
David’s petition is here
It’s a murky business. Many people like to concentrate on the failings of the prostitute, whereas I think it is more helpful to consider who has the power and the choices in this situation. Many of these institutions rely on women who have been trafficked – they are not doing it by choice. In which case, the Met Police needs not to be issuing press statements of concern about advertising but raiding the premises and freeing the women from slavery.
Many women in prostitution are not trafficked, but they are there because they are financially desperate, unable to leave because of an abusive male, they are drug addicts, or all three.
This is the fundamental point which should drive men not to use these services and to support efforts to find the women safer choices. Quaker Faith and Practice says that no relationship based on selfish desire can ever be a right one.