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Comment: Misguided campaign for disabled people
2:10pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
MOST people will have the greatest sympathy for Chris Fulton and disabled people like him who find it difficult to form physical relationships with the opposite sex.
However, his campaign to persuade the Government to provide grants so disabled people can visit prostitutes is ill-advised and deeply distasteful.
Paying for sex in Britain is not illegal, though it is illegal to solicit sexual services, kerb crawl and pay for sex with people who have been coerced into prostitution.
Nevertheless, there is much that is morally repugnant about the sex industry, particularly the way it dehumanises its participants.
The vast majority of people who sell their bodies for sex do not do so willingly. They are victims of – among many other things – poverty, mental illness, drug addiction, broken homes and abusive partners.
Most prostitutes are people in need. They should certainly not become a taxpayer-funded ‘service’ for any other section of the community.
Any government funding should be directed not at exploiting their misery, but at helping them escape from it.
New year mayhem New year, and the faster the drink goes down, the faster the rate of calls to the emergency services.
Our binge-drinking culture is bad enough at weekends, but it seems to reach new extremes at new year. Anyone for a return to our old licensing hours?