No offense taken, it's an important question. You're right to bring it up.
My understanding of the law is that a punter isn!t held responsible if a girl has been trafficked.
But if she is being coerced to work as a prostitute ,then he is, even if he doesn't know or has made efforts to find out. (I think "strict liability offense" is the legal jargon .)
My best advice is if it looks dodgy, is make your excuses and leave! Even if you have to use the old "left my wallet in the car" excuse. Whether you report it to Crimestoppers or not, if you don't go through with the punt , you can't be prosecuted for something you don't do.
Yes thanks to Harriet Harridan in theory a punter could get done for punting with a coerced WG whether he knew she was coerced or not, and it does have a strict liability clause which in practice means you would have to prove you didn't know she was being coerced, I cant see how that could be proved, but then that was what Harridan wanted.
If a punter suspects a WG is being coerced/forced my advice is ring Crimestoppers and/or the police anonymously using a phone box. My point in a previous post was of course about nicking traffickers and pimps who coerce/force women to become WGs not about punters though any that knowingly punt with such a woman deserve to be done in my opinion.
Evidence by way of convictions don't show trafficked for sex women is a big problem here, or that force is. Operations Pentameter 1 and 2 didn't find it was a big problem then either though that didn't stop Harridan using a cobbled together made up figure of 2,600 women to help get her coercion law through in 2009/10, she settled for that law as it was in the dying days of Browns government, what she actually wanted is what she still wants, to criminalise ALL punters here.
Yes many many WGs agree to give a pimp an agreed cut in exchange for the premises to work out of and to get them their punters, no women being forced hasn't been proved to be widespread though it does sadly happen in some cases. Often following an arrest the media uses the word arrested for allegedly forcing women/coercion/trafficking, in most of the cases I have read about over the years that isn't the charge in the end, the charge is running a brothel and/or controlling prostitutes for gain neither of which has to involve force, and of course it IS the pimp/s the police are after.