Should prostitution be legalized in UK? Campaigners say it would boost ‘health and safety’

Mar 13, 2015
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Prostitution was decriminalised in New Zealand nearly 12 years ago and some British groups think it will improve things for sex workers

Prostitution should be legalised in the UK according to campaign groups, who say police efforts to tackle the sex trade actually make things worse.

They believe that crackdowns like Operation Scarlet, in Coventry, drive sex workers underground.

In New Zealand it’s been nearly 12 years since prostitution was decriminalised, reports the Coventry Telegraph.

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The impact of the new law isn’t fully known yet – but in the UK some groups think it’s the best way to improve things for sex workers.

Cari Mitchell, a spokesman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, explains.

“In New Zealand the law that has been put in place is on the basis of health and safety,” Cari said.

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