Following on from the NAAFI thread I Turned to Prostitution got me thinking about the subject of legalising prostitution in the UK. At present, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 sections 51A provides the conditions for the offence of soliciting but the safe legal regulation of prostitutes seems to make sense on the surface. In 2009 the Policing and Crime Act 2009 shifted the offence from the prostitute to the client, which provides a small amount of protection to the prostitute but is there any reason why two consenting adults should not engage in a business transaction as long as they are both in full agreement as to what is involved? Would the presence of legal brothels not provide a safer environment in which prostitutes can work? Could they not be more easily policed, with passport checks to ensure the safety of people trafficked into the country, if the brothels were all nationally registered? Would having legal brothels encourage more people to enter the trade as a legitimate job ie to pay the mortgage rather than drugs/alcohol? Its clear that people would object to having a known brothel as their neighbour, so would having out of town locations make people more accepting of the practice? With prostitution working legally in many other countries, if would appear that the problems can be anticipated and regulated. It would also have the benefit of running as a legitimate, tax producing business. Any thoughts for or against?