They do in Sweden.
Must be more space there.
It'll be interesting to see how it's handled in NI. My guess is that they'll be quite aggressive through the summer, simply to justify the law's existence.
Previous laws around prostitution such as brothels and the street scene which have been wholly illegal for many years yet in some areas thrive and have for many years means
my logic tells me IF the police in areas where the top cops allow those to operate which are the easiest to catch pimps and for the street scene, WGs and punters, they aren't going to aggressively go after punters who punt with Indies which would be much harder police work and more costly.
A law to criminalise punters is primarily to put punters off punting in the first place by scaring them in my view, something that would work with some punters as the risk as they see it would be too great, and in areas where the top cops have a zero tolerance to prostitution they might mount operations. Harriet Harridans coercion law in 2009-10 hasn't led to mass convictions, it WAS designed to scare punters off punting primarily.
The police prostitution lead Armett (may have changed now) said a year or two ago that he had no problem what adults did behind closed doors if consentual, so the government passing another law on prostitution by no means means for certain the police will enforce it, just as they don't with brothels in many areas. Though that COULD change at any moment of course, so having a law to wheel out at any time it suits the police certainly wouldn't be good for punters obviously.