As Brexit anxiety continues to sweep the country, so too does the stupidity of politicians looking to find ways to boost the economy.
Dennis Parsons, a Liberal Democrat MP, is calling on schools to add prostitution to their careers advice agenda. The comment was made during a special session on sex work and he compared prostitution to accountancy, saying:
“The fact that we are asking “should we seek to prevent people entering sex work?” is part of the problem. You wouldn’t ask the question, should we prevent people becoming accountants?”
More bizarrely, perhaps, is Parsons next observation:
“We have had a chap suggest that one of the areas we need to be concerned about was families coercing people to go into the sex trade. Well, again, you wouldn’t protest at families urging and coercing people into becoming accountants.”
Prostitution itself, that is the exchange of sexual services for money, is not illegal in the UK, though some activities relating to it, are.
Whilst the debate around the legalisation of prostitution and accompanying activities like running a brothel is ongoing, Parsons’ comments are less about liberal thinking, and more about economic gain. Delegates at the session were told that decriminalising prostitution would raise £1 billion a year for the Treasury in taxes. That’s a lot of money, at a time when it looks like the EU are set to punish the UK for severing ties, through the ending of trade agreements and free cross border movement.
Wherever you stand on prostitution, it is no secret that many of the men, women and children who work in this industry do so as a last resort, often under duress and are treated badly, both by clients and pimps. To then promote prostitution not just as an alternative to accounting, which does not suffer with the same levels of crime and violence, but as a way to boost our economy is ridiculous and yet another way of exploiting sex workers.
Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has refused to address Parson’s comments, saying that he believes in free speech and the importance of being able to air views and then talk them out. Researching Reform does too, however Farron’s stance completely ignores the reality of Parsons’ agenda.
Many thanks to Dana for alerting us to this news item.
Sabine Kurjo McNeill said:
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How outrageous and insensitive men can be!!!…
Forced Adoption said:
I suppose we could stage a “prostitutes referendum ” to ask whether they want the profession decriminalised completely and whether they want it promoted in schools as a careers opportunity;
Ageing prostitutes could give talks to schools about the “advantages” of the profession and how streetworking ladies/gentlemen could become escorts and then progress into the enviable ranks of “highclass call girls” or sometimes on the contrary descend the ranks from call girls/boys to street workers as age caught up with them………..
Come the referendum for prostitutes would those readers concerned vote “leave or” remain “??
Roger Crawford said:
Very good, Forced Adoption! I thought prostitution has always paid – that’s part of the idea!
As for promoting it as a ‘career’ – well. Parsons is, in a way, prostituting himself. I’m afraid any gain in popularity the LibDems have achieved with their support for the EU will be sunk without trace now. Personally, I think just as well. . . . .
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Is this idiot of an MP in full possession of his faculties or are we paying a salary to a lunatic or a nincompoop?
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Maggie Tuttle said:
Sex workers, well the governments certainly take enough kids into care and as most people know some kids from just months old are sexually abused and older kids are groomed trafficked sold prostituted, AHHAAH so another law to cover the governments arses for the child abuse, what is wrong with them, not enough billions coming in via the stealing of the Nations children especially now people are waking up to the child abuse in this so called British Empire, and becoming a voice for the kids, the British are well known as Lambs to the slaughter what an evil crowd we have ruling the Nation with the young and the old, what governments need to know but then they know already is that via prostitution millions of pounds are made every year in FINES with many prostitutes sent to prison so what is the dick head talking about or are they after more wages for them self’s. Going back to the late 70s I was involved with the prostitutes in King Cross as they wanted prostitution to be legalised and all went no where because of the millions made on fines, my argument was that to legalise prostitution would get rid of the Pimps and the women could have free sexual health checks and the women could work in a legal brothel but all went no where, so back to today and they have the kids they abuse them in every way so lets now legalise the sex industry starting with the kids. What is amazing for me is that in the 60s I lived in Tehran for 3 years and although a Muslim country Prostitution was legal and the ladies sat in the windows advertising them self’s, so will the British Empire continue to abuse the kids then put them for sale in the windows and tell them this is your career.
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