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24th September

 Updated: A miserable day in Ireland...

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Irish government decides to proceed with nasty bill to criminalise men for buying sex
Link Here  full story: Prostitution Law in Ireland...Government solicits public suggestions for changes to the law
ireland government logo The purchasing of sex will be outlawed under new criminal offences. Miserable ministers signed have agreed to a bill that will see those buying sex face fines of 500 or up to 5,000 if the person is trafficked.

'Justice' Minister Frances Fitzgerald is expected to publish the final legislation next week and make an announcement on when the new criminal offence will be enacted. It is unclear if it will or will not decriminalise sex workers in brothels or on the streets.

A group which calls itself the sex workers alliance of Ireland said it was a sad day for sex workers and that there are efforts in Sweden to decriminalise sex workers or soliciting by prostitutes.

Update: Discriminatory Law

24th September 2015. See  article from irishtimes.com

frances fitzgerald New legislation on sexual offences criminalises paying for sex with prostitutes, but ensures the person offering sexual services is not guilty of a crime. Presumably Ireland does not have laws against inciting people (their customers) to commit a crime.

Minister for Injustice Frances Fitzgerald published the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 on Wednesday, claiming she was committed to addressing the very real and tragic crimes of trafficking and exploitation associated with prostitution. She said:

I am convinced that targeting the demand for such services is the way forward.

Ms Fitzgerald said her proposals mirrored the approach adopted in Northern Ireland and other jurisdictions which she said had seen a reduction in demand for the services provided by prostitutes.


24th September

 Updated: State Extortion Racket...

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Alabama asks porn users to pay off the state's budget deficit
Link Here  full story: Pole Tax...Discriminatory taxes on adult entertainment in USA
Alabama state seal Pornographic material and adult entertainment might be getting a lot more expensive in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama House Ways and Means Committee passed the proposed porn tax in a 10-4 vote for an extortionately high rate of tax to offset a massive budget shortfall .

In addition to any other applicable taxes, a 40% state excise tax will be levied on gross receipts from the sale, rental or admission charges of pornographic material. The tax will apply to any and all forms of pornographic or sexually explicit content purchased in the state of Alabama, including, but not limited to, pornographic magazines, adult videos, and online adult rentals.

The porn tax bill now heads to the Alabama House for a floor vote.

Update: Taxed Off

24th September 2015. See  article from watchdog.org

US Constitution document Thanks to the state Senate, Alabama was able to avoid an anticipated First Amendment lawsuit over its budget proposal, which included an extortionate tax on pornography.

In order to make up a $200 million shortfall , Alabama wanted to raise taxes with sin taxes. On Sept. 15, the porn tax failed to pass the Senate, during a budget vote in which the chamber approved two budget reform measures while also raising taxes by roughly $86 million annually .

As proposed, the tax on porn was clearly unconstitutional. The First Amendment protects artistic expression, even if pornographic. Alabama, by taxing the specific category of pornographic material, is directly engaging in content-based discrimination, something the Supreme Court does not allow. Indeed, in the 1972 case Police Department v. Mosely , the Court noted that above all else, the First Amendment means that the government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content. Thus, regulations that treat a category of content differently than other categories will be held unconstitutional unless it passes the exacting legal test of strict scrutiny.

Strict scrutiny requires a compelling governmental interest that is narrowly tailored to be the least restrictive means of accomplishing that interest. Absent those factors, a law will be deemed unconstitutional.


19th September

 Update: Location, Location, Location...

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Dutch sex workers get a new red light area... between the gas works and the sewage plant
Link Here  full story: Sex Work in the Netherlands...Netherlands less friendly to sex workers
utrecht Utrecht council has approved a new red light area to be known as Nieuwe Zandpad.

The new prostitution zone will be very close to the former sex boats on Zandpad -- between the gas station and sewage treatment plant.

The window brothels on the Nieuwe Zandpad will open in 2017 at the earliest. There will be space for up to 162 sex workers.


9th September

 Update: A top down approach...

Another bill has been introduced into the South Australia's Upper House to legalise prostitution
Link Here  full story: Legal Brothels in Australia...Movement to legalise brothels in Australia
South Australia flag Another attempt is being made tto decriminalise sex work in South Australia. A bill has been introduced and is making its way through State Parliament.

Labor MP Steph Key is in charge of the bill's drafting and has introduced similar legislation several times in the past, but ultimately without success.

In a strategic move, the bill is this time being introduced in the Upper House so its opponents are confronted sooner than later.


8th September

 Update: A safe pair of hands...

Independent Scottish MSP proposes a member's bill to promote sex worker safety and the decriminalisation of prostitution
Link Here  full story: Criminalising Buying Sex in Scotland...2012 attempt to fast track a ban on buying sex
jean-urquhart Proposals to decriminalise prostitution and pave the way for legal brothels have been put forward at Holyrood.

The plans include allowing more than one prostitute to work from the same premises and giving sex workers more employment rights in the workplace. It is based on New Zealand's arrangement for legal prostitution.

Independent Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart said:

Sex workers have been systematically ignored while laws which expose them to violence and stigma have been preserved or extended.

These proposals take on board not only the experience and concerns of sex workers, but also reflect a growing international consensus that what sex workers most need is safety and labour rights, not the risks which come from criminalisation. Human rights

Nadine Stott, co-chairwoman of sex worker rights charity Scot-Pep, said:

The purchase and sale of sex is currently legal, but in general, the law prevents sex workers from being able to work safely, and that must end.

There is no reason why sex work should only be permissible if a single person works alone in their flat, for example. That law leaves sex workers vulnerable to violence and exploitation, as do the current laws on street-based sex work, which also seriously hamper sex workers' ability to move on to other work.

Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women's Aid chief executive, said:

Fundamentally, we would welcome any proposals that make women - and anyone involved in prostitution - safer, healthier, and more likely to enjoy a full range of human rights.

We believe that giving them access to safety, protection, healthcare and support, as well as economic independence are of paramount importance.

IUrquhart is now consulting on her member's bill.


31st August

  Supply and Desire: Sexuality and the Sex Industry in the 21st Century...

Decriminalising Britain's 4bn sex industry would increase protection of women. By Dr Catherine Hakim
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supply and desire New evidence from international sex surveys show large and continuing differences between male and female perspectives on sexuality in all cultures. Male sexual desire is manifested at least twice as often as female desire, and men would like to have sex twice as often as women. This gap in sexual desire between men and women is growing over time and cannot be dismissed as an out-dated patriarchal myth as argued by some feminists.

The sexual deficit among (heterosexual) men helps to explain many puzzles, including why men are the principal customers for commercial sexual entertainments of all kinds. It is no surprise that sex workers (male and female) cater to men almost exclusively. Male demand for sex invariably outstrips female demand.

Demand for commercial sex is therefore inevitable and the sex industry is likely to continue to flourish in the 21st century. Not only does male demand for sexual activity greatly outstrip non-commercial female supply, but economic growth, globalisation and the Internet facilitate access to the world's oldest profession.

Several factors suggest that the male sex deficit will not disappear, and might even grow in the 21st century. Women's increasing economic independence allows them to withdraw from sexual markets and relationships that they perceive to offer unfair bargains, especially if they already have enough children or do not want any. Changes in national sex ratios towards a numerical surplus of men helps women to reset the rules in their own favour in developed societies.

A key objection to the sex industry is that it damages women and that the presence of porn, lap-dancing and prostitution in a country promotes rape and other violence against women. However, although there are too few rigorous studies to draw definitive conclusions, all the available evidence points in the direction of prostitution and erotic entertainments having no noxious psychological or social effects, and they may even help to reduce sexual crime rates.

In many countries, including Britain, it is perfectly legal to sell sexual services; however any third-party involvement is illegal. The aim is to prevent exploitation by pimps or madams. The effect is to criminalise the industry and brothels, to prevent girls working together in a flat for their mutual protection, to prevent anyone from lawfully supplying services to a sex worker or even rent a flat to them.

The commercial sex industry is impervious to prohibitions and cannot be eliminated. Countries that criminalise buyers (such as Sweden) simply push demand abroad to countries with a more sex-positive culture. Policies that criminalise sellers directly, or criminalise third parties who supply them with services, simply push the sex industry underground, increasing risks for sex workers. The sex industry is estimated to be worth over four billion pounds to the British economy. It should be completely decriminalised.


30th August

 Update: Desperate Measures...

Alabama lawmaker thinks that a massive tax on adult products will bail out the state
Link Here  full story: Pole Tax...Discriminatory taxes on adult entertainment in USA
Alabama state seal Alabama State Representative Jack Williams has proposed a 40% sales tax on receipts from the sale of sexually oriented materials as a desperate measure to help fill the $250+ million black hole in Alabama's General Fund budget.

Sexually oriented materials are described in the bill as:

Any book, magazine, newspaper, printed or written matter, writing, description, picture, drawing, animation, photograph, motion picture, film, video tape, pictorial presentation, depiction, image, electrical or electronic reproduction, broadcast, transmission, video download, telephone communication, sound recording, article, device, equipment, matter, oral communication, depicting breast or genital nudity or sexual conduct.

The tax hike would be in addition to the state, city and county sales taxes already in place, which usually runs up another 10 percent in costs.

Williams said:

We have created a class of products in this state that you have to be 18 to purchase and they have excise taxes on them. The state is broke.

Montgomery insiders say it has a realistic chance to pass, as Williams has accrued 26 co-sponsors for his bill, including Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard


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