Friday, December 15, 2006

Subsidized prostitution?

Most people have read about the serial killer in Ipswich, UK. I guess they have decided that throwing money at the problem is the best solution until the perpetrator is captured.

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.


Cynical Libertarian said...

Thought I'd come check your blog out :)

Can't say I have heard about this actually, but definitely not a good idea.

Just another backwards, socialist pseudo-solution to a pretty simple problem.

BobG said...

Glad to get visitors from other countries, especially ones where we have related languages (English and American), LOL.
I'm always curious about cultural similarities and differences between our two countries. Hope to see you here again in the future.

Phoenix Ravenflame said...

I don't think it's a good idea, either. I'm assuming prostitution is illegal there. Since when is paying criminals not to be criminals a good idea? Are they admitting it's not a horrendous violation of another person that requires the criminal be locked away for everyone's protection? Then just legalize it, let them open brothels, and they can look out for each other from behind closed doors instead of roaming the streets. I really believe prostitution would be a lot safer, for everyone involved, if it were legally recognized as a legitimate business.

Kirsten N. Namskau said...

We live in a crazy world... :O

Hammer said...

How many people looking for a quick buck are walking out on the streets so they can get on this gravy train?

GUYK said...

BAWAHAHAHAHA sounds kind of like our social welfare people not to work and then damn if they don't get a job working for cash under the table..