The inflation and misrepresentation of figures of trafficked women doesn't surprise me. It is of course a moral crusade with sexual and gender politics at it's heart and they've seized upon plight of a few truly victimised women as a seemingly good excuse to go on a crusade. A weeping victimised prostitute makes a good banner.
Exploitation happens in many industries, just look at the cocoa bean one; large figures of trafficking and child labour. Proposing a bill against the purchase of our nice tasty chocolate bars? Perish the thought.
For some reason when sex is concerned the morale meter hits overdrive and people loose their ability to think rationally on the subject. If we completely abandon any assumptions that sex is in anyway dangerous or sacred to romantic love and something we can enjoy in or out of wedlock. We'll understand it's not at all degrading to purchase or sell our sexual skill or favours.
Indeed, the thing is we have many uptight frigid sexually repressed people in this country brought up to view sex as dirty and something to be ashamed of unless within wedlock. The pro-criminalise lobby just love this and wish to extend it into future generations exploiting peoples ignorance on the subject.
For the media its a win win subject, it sells copy and few dispute their moralist tone, although that few is more than ever i think. Whats needed in my view are many more Dr Magnantis, for obvious reasons many women dont wish to come into the public gaze though and i certainly dont blame them, i imagine i wouldnt.
There is usually two stock photographic images the media use, the drug addicted street prostitute and the kerb crawling pervert and a photo of school children walking to or from school with only their white socks showing, an image often used by the BBC with anything related to paid sex or noncing. Its all aimed at leaving an impression on the viewer that one thing leads to the other, subliminal messaging done on purpose and with government approval and support i believe although admit i cant prove it.
Over the years i have spoken to many people who said they werent punters or WGs and the majority just believe the stereotype, they werent inquisitive enough to look beyond it and delve into prostitution, why would they, this just believing what the media say is and has been a serious problem for a long time. This of course applies to many things not just prostitution.
The over-riding facts of recent history are prohibition will not and cannot work in a free society. IMO until we reach our inevitable conclusion many moons from now of a 24/7 monitored society prostitution will ALWAYS find a way. All smart politicians and the pro lobby realise this, it just doesnt suit their moral agendas to admit it.