Does Making Buying Sex Illegal Increase Rape Threat?

We have had a lot to say about the criminalising of buying sex in Ireland. We have been clear that it makes things more dangerous for sex workers, and there is no need to go over those old arguments again. However, former British brothel owner Vivien Ella Walden, 68 says there could be another side effect, with a possible increase in rape and other sex crime.

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Vivien from Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK, blasted the Irish government for making it illegal to purchase sex .

A Long Time Campaigner

Despite her business being closed in 2002, Vivien has remained a campaigner for legalising brothels. She claims that the new laws are ‘draconian’ and will ‘only make matters worse’.

“It’s an unbelievable law, it’s not going to stop anything, a guy wakes up with those needs or craving he’s going to seek it out and this law is going to make things worse.

“The guys could end up picking on an innocent girl or woman on the street who’s not there to do business and using them for his own use, or worse, still it could lead to rape.

As well as helping prevent a number of sex attacks, she sees other benefits to the sex industry.

“The guy that’s a virgin who’s about to go into a relationship who’d like a bit of experience, disabled people would come in because they couldn’t cope with the situation themselves.”

She states that she isn’t actually in favour of all forms of prostitution being made legal, but just in places where there are properly run establishments.

He added: “The places which take care of their clients and their girls should be allowed to run a brothel like in Amsterdam in delegated areas, so everything would be legal and taxes all paid.”

Meanwhile, Vivien insists that her career path did not have a negative effect on her psychologically.

“It had no impact on me, at the end of the day every woman is in the same sort of situation in one way or another, everyone pays a price at one point or another.

“You’re doing a service, if the guys are there because they need it because they’re not getting it at home, rather than upset the home, they come and pay for it, so they can get all their angst out of their body.”

Safety Over Ideology

I have to say, this is fascinating. Let me begin by saying that there is never any excuse for committing sex crime. Internal wiring or no internal wiring, my sentencing for anything like that would be to the right of Attilla the Hun. No-one should ever think there is any justification for such acts, and no change in laws can adjust that.

Still, we have to remember that we need to live in the world where we are, not the one where we want to be. I have zero personal knowledge of whether the ban on the purchasing of sex makes a minority of clients more dangerous in the ‘real world’, but it would make sense that it did. I will leave that debate up to escorts who see clients regularly, and psychologists who are paid more than me and who have real knowledge of the human mind. I just see it as something that the radical feminists who pushed for this law would never have thought about. For them, safety for escorts and the general public takes a back seat to the ideology of banning buying sex.

The decision may have been taken in Ireland, but all these arguments need to be taken into account when any other country is deciding own sex work laws.

Safety should be first, ideology always after that.

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Martin Ward

Martin Ward is a well respected editor and writer with over five years experience in the adult industry. After stints in the Escort Advertising call centre and on the escort forum, he moved into the site editor position around three years ago.

Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.

When he isn't fighting the good fight, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and young daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking long walks.
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