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Amsterdam to set up Punter Panel

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It's refreshing to know that in places like Amsterdam where prostitution is legal they can consider such a thing as having a panel of punters to coordinate reports of suspected trafficking by punters.

http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/dutch-news/Prostitutes_-clients-to-help-fight-abuse_58255.html

Incidentally the link to that right about prostitutes action against pimps from August 2007 shows another side of the Dutch prostitution industry Vernon Coaker chose to turn a blind eye to when he went to the Netherlands to ignore the truth about prostitution there and just went looking for evidence to support JS and HH from officials hostile to the sex trade.

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As the new law has been passed, a similar scheme would now be impossible in UK.

It would be interesting to compare, in a few months, whether the Amsterdam scheme or the English law is more sucessful in combating the evils of traffiking and forced prostitution.

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As the new law has been passed, a similar scheme would now be impossible in UK.

Agreed, however from the point of view of HH et al such a scheme would be totally unnecessary because everything will work in their favour. We have a situation whereby a law has been passed in order to combat a specific crime that evidence (the very small number of actual convictions obtained for a very large amount of work by Pentameter) would seem to prove is a fairly rare occurrence, but nevertheless has been trumpeted as being extremely prolific; now if there are large amounts of convictions under the new law then it will prove their point, if however there are few if any convictions then they can claim that the new law is working as an effective deterrent. Think of it being similar to the argument that prayer proves the existence of God, if you pray for something and it happens then that is proof that God exists, if it does not happen then that also proves that God exists but that in his/her infinite wisdom he/she decided not to grant your prayer.

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After Operation Pentameter, I believe the UK convicted 15 people, 10 of these were for control only with no coercion involved, and the other 5 were for offences known about before Operation Pentameter. Operation Pentameter was just a huge waste of police resources and public money, but at least it provided evidence of just how miniscule the problem of trafficking is in the UK. The problem of trafficking is real, just nowhere near on the scale anti-prostitution officials would have you believe. But still a Punter Panel in the UK might have rescued a few more trafficked women, even if the number could be counted on one hand.

In the Netherlands there is nothing like Operation Pentameter to refer to and Vernon Coaker, just by talking with a few anti-prostitution officials in the Netherlands who had no evidence to back up their prejudices came to the conclusion:

"We also went to Amsterdam. I say to hon. Members in all sincerity that if they think that the legalisation of prostitution is the answer to tackling the exploitation that we see, they should go there and see the trafficking that takes place alongside legalised brothels; they should see the serious and organised crime that takes place alongside legal brothels; and they should also see the exploitation."

I have been to Amsterdam several times, and have never seen any of this trafficking and organised crime Mr Coaker was talking out of his backside about, but if there is some of it about then a Punters Panel would be a good start in weeding some of it out to give punters some assurance that the ladies they are going to see aren't being trafficked, and to give foreign observers something positive to report about prostitution being legal in the Netherlands.

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