I WON’T argue with Annemarie Field (Out in the Field, April 13) about the morality of sex shops, each to his or her own on this issue, however it is a huge jump to then argue it is narrow minded to object to brothels.
I believe the selling of sex is sad for both buyer and seller and supporting this notion says much about one’s belief in the equality of people.
Much of the prostitution in the UK is linked to organised crime, and to argue no-one is being exploited is to ignore the reality.
Many of the victims are desperate, sad, abused - and often children.
There has been an increase in the ‘slave trade’ from Eastern Europe and Russia and the Far East, along with a general influx of organised crime, with many women thought to be living as virtual slaves.
Many others, male and female, are slaves to addiction and can see no other way of funding their habit.
Because prostitutes have large numbers of sexual partners, they are more likely to have sexually transmitted infections and be vectors for spreading these infections - adding a public health dimension to the debate.
The Crown Prosecution Service works closely with the police and the Association of Chief Police Officer’s policy and strategy for policing prostitution is clear in its commitment to recognising prostitution as a victim-centred crime.
For far too long it was considered acceptable for the powerless victims to be considered willing participants, too frequently this is far from the case.
If no one was being exploited it wouldn’t be prostitution, prostitution is about exploitation.