Feminist campaigners have attacked an IT expert who launched a website designed to help men hook up with prostitutes in the UK.
The insanely controversial website, called Escortdeck, was registered at the end of 2015, and acts as a search engine for British sex workers, while inviting those interested to browse, according to the Mirror.
Users search for prostitutes by particular features or by those who are willing to act out certain fantasies or perversions.
To be a bit more direct, you basically just type in a few keywords like ‘gang bang’, ‘busty’, ‘milf’, etc. Or perhaps somewhat more alarming, ‘teenager’.
You then filter through your results by ethnicity or appearance before picking a prostitute you want. It’s essentially an online catalogue of prostitutes.
However, some feminist campaigners have voiced their concern.
Karen Ingala Smith, CEO of NIA, a charity dedicated to ‘ending violence against women and girls’, attacked the site and called for new laws to make punters face criminal charges before saying that the site was a way of helping men explore ‘racism, violence and abuse’.
They are operated by nothing more than pimps and need to be seen as such.
Our experience leads us to the view that prostitution is a cause and consequence of women’s continued inequality and discrimination and is a form of violence against women.
However, Mirror readers criticized the comments, with one arguing:
Make it illegal and you have a rise in human trafficking and violence against women. Legalise it and let two consenting adults do what they want in a safe environment. Why is it so hard?
Despite this argument, feminists have raised many points which cannot be so easily dismissed, such as that there are many women out there who have been driven to a life of prostitution and, as a result of that, have experienced abuse, neglect, and violence.
Strangely, the site is not actually doing anything illegal due to the complex and wavering laws regarding the buying and selling of sex in the United Kingdom.
In the UK, working as a prostitute in private is not an offence, and neither is working as an outcall escort. Street prostitution, however, is illegal.
In the end, it’s merely two consenting adults having sex – however, in some cases, such as those involving sex trafficking then ‘consent’ is not that simple.
But, in my opinion, that has nothing to do with the legality of prostitution and nothing to do with the punters, it is to do with those behind the trafficking.