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Conservative party policy on prostitution

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Out of interest I thought I would visit each of the three main political party web sites and see what their official positions were on the sex industry. Surprisingly I could find no mention of it on either the Labour or Liberal party sites (although with all the press releases and statements recently, we have a very clear idea of Labour's Taliban-like position on this issue).

Here, however is the official Conservative party statement, which is refreshingly sane and realsitic - well comparatively speaking anyway:-

Grieve says Labour should enforce existing prostitution laws

Wednesday, November 19 2008

Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve has stressed Labour should focus on enforcing the existing laws around prostitution rather than creating new ones.

Last year, the Met Police's human trafficking unit was axed, and convictions for trafficking for sexual exploitation fell by 40 per cent.

Dominic, the Shadow Home Secretary, called on the Government to create a dedicated Border Police Force to tackle human trafficking, as well as addressing the reasons why so many women find themselves working in prostitution, such as family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse and poor education.

Theresa May, the Shadow Women's Secretary, warned that Labour's new proposals on prostitution could force the activity further underground, putting vulnerable women in even more danger.

And she stressed that the Government should be doing more to help women who find themselves forced into prostitution.

I've been a Labour voter for the last 30 years but I'm quite clear where my vote will transfer to at the next election. This is not an issue which is likely to feature much in opinion polls (and if it did I suspect that the dishonest answer quotient would soar to unprecedent opinion poll heights) but if the estimates are correct that some 10% of men use the services of escorts etc then that's 5% of the voting population, which could make all the difference in marginal seats.

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Out of interest I thought I would visit each of the three main political party web sites and see what their official positions were on the sex industry. Surprisingly I could find no mention of it on either the Labour or Liberal party sites (although with all the press releases and statements recently, we have a very clear idea of Labour's Taliban-like position on this issue).

Here, however is the official Conservative party statement, which is refreshingly sane and realsitic - well comparatively speaking anyway:-

Grieve says Labour should enforce existing prostitution laws

Wednesday, November 19 2008

Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve has stressed Labour should focus on enforcing the existing laws around prostitution rather than creating new ones.

Last year, the Met Police's human trafficking unit was axed, and convictions for trafficking for sexual exploitation fell by 40 per cent.

Dominic, the Shadow Home Secretary, called on the Government to create a dedicated Border Police Force to tackle human trafficking, as well as addressing the reasons why so many women find themselves working in prostitution, such as family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse and poor education.

Theresa May, the Shadow Women's Secretary, warned that Labour's new proposals on prostitution could force the activity further underground, putting vulnerable women in even more danger.

And she stressed that the Government should be doing more to help women who find themselves forced into prostitution.

I've been a Labour voter for the last 30 years but I'm quite clear where my vote will transfer to at the next election. This is not an issue which is likely to feature much in opinion polls (and if it did I suspect that the dishonest answer quotient would soar to unprecedent opinion poll heights) but if the estimates are correct that some 10% of men use the services of escorts etc then that's 5% of the voting population, which could make all the difference in marginal seats.

Recent estimate in an opinion poll put the number of men more in line with 20%,

I have no problem with changing allegiance, being a through and through Tory voter. Though all parties UKIP, Liberal and Green have more progressive prostitution strategies. Alas where I live not a great chance to get them voted in.

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