‘Selling Sex’ – Instead of Criminalising it, Why not License it?

Instead of criminalising the ‘selling of sex’ why not LICENSE and tax it, in a similar way to that taxi drivers? That way it could be made compulsory for sex workers to go in person to get their license, taking photo id to prove who they are. Those issuing the license could be trained to probe for evidence that those sex workers seeking a license are being coerced or trafficked and to spot signs of such.

Should any sex worker reveal that they have been coerced or trafficked into it, they can then be offered the support necessary to escape their infliction. At the same time, those sex workers who’ve come to get or renew their license could also get health checks and if need be, get treated for STIs.

Wouldn’t this be a means that enables those who legitimately want to ‘sell sex’, as a service, to do so, while paying tax, so contributing to society? Would it not make ‘selling sex’ safer, help prevent people being coerced or trafficked into ‘selling sex’, and should the latter prove to be the case, help these people escape such abuse?

This doesn’t mean we have to agree with ‘prostitution’ or the ‘selling of sex’ but it is going to continue to take place, anyway! Criminalising it, in any way, will only drive it further below ground, put those who ‘sell sex’ lives at risk and open the floodgates to trafficking and coercion.

I would like to hear what others think – whether that be someone who opposes the ‘selling of sex’ and thinks it should be criminalised, ‘sell sex’ as a service, have been trafficked or coerced into it, buy sex, responsible for legislating for or against it or anyone else with something to say on the matter.

E-cigarettes – Are they the safe-haven many think they are

Are e-cigarettes truly to help people to stop people smoking or are they just another addictive substitute for cigarettes, another thing to steal people’s money that is already squeezed?

While they may not have the health risks of cigarettes, that does not in itself make them safe! As of yet, there has been no research into their safety and it isn’t possible to determine their long-term effects to health, as they have not been around long enough for that. It is also vital that this research is independent of the manufacturers, not allowing what happened with cigarettes where tobacco manufacturers funded the research and then altered the findings to their advantage!

There are toxins in them and not just nicotine and we don’t know what these are because manufacturers don’t have to provide a list of ingredients/components on the packaging. There are no standardised regulations for e-cigarettes, meaning that manufacturers can put what they like in them so they can pluck concentrations of oils and nicotine and whatever else they lace them with out of the air. the amount of nicotine dispensed sometimes differs from that stated on the label.

while nicotine doesn’t cause cancer, high levels are toxic effecting the cardiovascular system and blood sugar levels. Headaches, high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia can result from inhaling too much nicotine. most e-cigarettes contain propylene glycol which irritates the airways. There has been one death in the uk from a rare type of pneumonia caused by oil on the lungs which a chest consultant believes could have come from inhaling the oil, in which the nicotine is suspended in, contained in the e-cigarettes he was using.

Why have the Big Tobacco Companies jumped on the band-wagon? Are they to be trusted?Is there motive to get people addicted to nicotine for life; therefore dependent on the Tobacco Companies for life?

could youths who start on e-cigarettes progress to cigarettes in the same way as those taking soft drugs often progress onto the harder drugs?

And what of the passive inhaler are they at risk?

why is it that Brazil, Singapore, among others choose to ban them?

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