The issue of prostitution was raised in a Question in the Lords yesterday. This is a subject I have previously blogged about. The minister, Lord McNally, said the Government was in listening mode and that they were looking at practice in other countries.
As readers have previously noted, whatever one’s views on the subject, it is not something that is going to go away. Recent events have shown how dangerous prostitution can be. That was touched upon by the minister. Given the dangers and given the Government’s commitment to localism, would not one solution be to empower local authorities to designate specific buildings which are not then subject to the existing criminal law on prostitution? This would allow each authority to tackle the subject as it thinks appropriate to local circumstances, including the need to safeguard residential areas presently plagued by prostitutes touting for business.