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The Labour urge – if it moves, criminalise it

BBC NEWS | Politics | UK ‘should outlaw paying for sex’:

“Commons Leader Harriet Harman has told the BBC she wants the law to be changed to make it illegal to pay for sex. It would counter international human trafficking which sees girls bought and sold by criminals in the UK, she added.”

A classic piece of Labour thinking. Human trafficking is already illegal. Pimping – in the form of “living off immoral earnings” – is already illegal. So why exactly do we need yet another law to combat these problems?

The problem is that Labour cannot be seen to be doing nothing, even when no new laws or police powers are required. And the mess of legislation this most-authoritarian of post-war governments is leaving us with will be exploited by other, nastier parties in the future.

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