I don't know if we are allowed to discuss it here, but yes both.
Since Edinburgh City Council stopped it's CCTV and well-lit tolerance zones, ladies have had to scatter around and go to more out of the way areas, attacks on prostitutes have DOUBLED. (from Scot-pep study).
Poor legislation and council policies are KILLING these women, endangering their lives. It is known that at least 1 of the Ipswich prostitutes murdered by Steve Wright were on the street because police had shut down the parlour they worked from. The killers of Emma Caldwell in Glasgow got let off with the charge on a technicality even although it was proven they did do it. The logged incidents of violence against these women are frequent and eye-watering. Most of the violence is obviously happening because perpetrators see the women's vulnerability and reluctance to go to the police so they think they will get away with it. (the incidents are logged so other women can avoid the bad clients, but most don't go to the police as soliciting is illegal) and also because of the ingrained public perception that these women somehow "deserve" it.
The treatment programmes for drug addiction in this country are awful. Rehab places are like gold-dust and aftercare is very limited. If more money was put into treatment then the street prostitution would vastly reduce, as most street prostitutes would not do the job if they did not need the drugs. I have spoken to many.
The council/government should be spending more money on treatment programmes for addicts and those stuck with abusive pimps and less money on ridiculous laws which endanger sex workers and make it difficult for those of us who choose to work in the sex industry for whatever reason.
Sorry rant over.
But vote wisely. And why not write to your MP or join debates etc to get this changed? It's your hobby after all.
ps - sorry mods for the extreme ranting. and if not allowed to mention street stuff.
No apology needed - great post.
For a long time Edinburgh was ahead of the game both in controlled zones and safety of street prostitutes and in drug rehab / needle exchange - not enough, but better than Glasgow's track record which was criminalise and let them die, then get a newspaper splash about a prossie killed how the police were cracking down on the murderer by getting tough on prostitution (parliament has been able to make similar unbelievably stupid leaps of faith. )
Public support is good - as shown by that for MSP Margo Macdonald's sensible proposals - but parliament decisions are not constrained by public support figures, logic, data, legislative deduction, or empirically determined best interests, least harm, justice and so on. If a majority of the 129 MSPs are fuckwits in the ballot, it's still called 'democracy.' Whoever designed the superb potential of the Scottish parliamentary process can weep.