Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

The question of consent and prostitution

WE can talk about sex trafficking, but the only people who can really protect these women are the men who live here, whether they are born here, or not.

They say that prostitution is "the oldest profession", that we should not criminalise those who use it.

But to be non-criminal, you need to behave in a non-criminal manner. If you have sex with a woman who does not provide consent – even a prostitute – it is criminal behaviour. It is rape.

Your payment does not nullify your responsibility to gain consent, or to ensure the person is willing to have sex with you for monetary gain. If this woman is there unwillingly, you – not the trafficker – are the rapist.

PAULINE BLEACH

New South Wales, Australia

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