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Monday, October 05, 2009

Schwarzenegger Asked to Shut Down Prostitution-Related Website by British Authorities

Full story from Reuters here.  Here are some excerpts that give a sense of the issue:

A British government minister asked California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday to shut down a U.S. website that allows men to rate prostitutes, including many working in London.  Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality, told the ruling Labour Party's annual conference that "Punternet" fuels the demand for prostitution -- a vice she said degrades women and puts them at risk . . .  

She said she had raised the issue with the U.S. ambassador to Britain and asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to close it down as it is based in that state.  "Surely it can't be too difficult for 'The Terminator' to terminate Punternet and that's what I am demanding that he does." . . .

Prostitution is not illegal in Britain. But associated activities, including soliciting, advertising using cards in telephone boxes and kerb crawling, are criminal offences.

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I hope Arnold's answer includes the words "that pesky First Amendment" in it.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Oct 5, 2009 10:13:27 AM

"Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality, told the ruling Labour Party's annual conference that "Punternet" fuels the demand for prostitution -- a vice she said degrades women and puts them at risk . . ."

"Prostitution is not illegal in Britain."

Huh?

Posted by: James | Oct 5, 2009 2:13:05 PM

James,

The reason it is not illegal is because that makes it harder to regulate and protect the health and safety of prostitutes. It drives it underground.

Posted by: DNJ | Oct 5, 2009 6:17:27 PM

Harriet Harmon comes from a legal tradition that lacks serious protection for the citizens from bureaucrats and politicians excesses.

She's been a frequent subject of Ken Frost's blog "Nanny knows best" (http://nannyknowsbest.blogspot.com/ ) which explores the often risible excesses of the deteriorating British society.

Posted by: Bill | Oct 15, 2009 12:41:23 PM

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