Further to my recent post about the proposals to criminalise sex work, Caroline at Better Burn That Dress, Sister has posted (link here) about a new online petition to defer any bill on prostitution until after the next general election.
The right of people in this country to decide by mutual agreement whether and under what conditions they consent to sexual intercourse is fundamental. In particular, it has never been illegal to pay for consensual sex since at least as far back as Magna Carta. The government are now proposing to criminalise men who pay for sex for the first time in this country’s history. That would constitute a radical change in the legal position for which the government has no electoral mandate, since the policy at the time of the 2005 general election was to legalise brothels operated by a small number of sex workers. We therefore call upon the government to obtain a mandate from the electorate before introducing any bill on prostitution.
The petition can be found by clicking here and I can only echo Caroline’s request: “If you’re a British citizen, will you please sign this?”