I have to say I thoroughly support this idea. Seems a sensible place to begin improving the sex trade in this country...
Brothels containing up to four prostitutes should be legalised to reduce rates of sexually transmitted diseases and protect women from violence, according to members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Decriminalising groups of prostitutes who band together would make their working lives safer, delegates at the RCN's annual congress in Harrogate heard.
The "stigma" which surrounds working girls means many are afraid to visit their doctors or local hospital and leaves them vulnerable to attacks, as seen with the murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006.
The vote calling for legalised brothels, by the mainly female union, was described by one delegate as the "good girls helping the bad girls".
Carol Watts, a nurse from Cambridgeshire, who proposed the motion, said: "The simple truth is that there will always be people willing to pay for sex with others without commitment.
"We should acknowledge that that is part of life in the UK and should make sure that there is not an underclass of marginalised women in the country.
However, as with all good ideas there has to be an equal and opposing idea. So it should come as no surprise what
A spokesman for the Home Office said: “We are determined to shift the focus onto the sex buyer, the person responsible for creating the demand for prostitution markets which in turn creates demand for the vile trade of women being trafficked for sexual exploitation.”
As we all know the Government's position won't change anything. It won't stop these things it will just add to the risk. And if you add risk you tend to make things more dangerous -- not safer.
So I applaud the RCN for attempting to move this debate forward.