The Guardian daily, meanwhile, reported that police and local drug workers were paying prostitutes in Ipswich to stay off the streets, with Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull quoted by the newspaper as saying: "It's not safe to engage a client or punter at this time."
He would not say how much they were being given, but said that because of "financial support" being offered, there was "no reason to go with clients".
I'm not sure this is setting a good precedent.
If average citizens were being preyed upon by muggers while going to work, would they pay them to stay home?
What is to keep some of the prostitutes from taking the money, and still going out to drum up business. Never underestimate the power of greed.
There are probably some that will disagree with me, but I just don't know if this is a good idea.
Just my opinion.