The Illegal Industry and Escort Prostitution

In places like Queensland and Netherlands, the objective of curbing the illegal sector of the industry has proved to be just a fiasco. In both jurisdictions, statistics reveal that the illegal sector is far bigger than the legal sector. The policies for legalization implemented in many places aren’t helping curtail illegal prostitution. It was reported that in the state of Victoria, there were an estimated 100 legal brothels and 400 illegal ones. The growth of the illegal industry has been affecting the legal industry at an exponential level, and has in a way been responsible for the regression of the legal industry.

One reason why illegal industries are becoming powerful is because most illegal brothels are run by kingpins of organised crime organisations. These criminals also have a hand in the development of the legal industry, which in turn provides them with a lot of benefits. A newspaper reports that the police perform regular checks in places like Victoria, but a majority of the illegal brothels are run by crime lords, and so, crime finds its way through. A similar pattern emerged not a few years back in Nevada in some corruption-infested brothels.

The Queensland PLA annual reports in Queenland haven’t hesitated in divulging the fact that attempts of legalisation have had little to no impact on the elimination of illegal prostitution, because of the blooming developments in the escort industry. A CMC report on the operation of a new legislation speculates that a gross 75 percent of prostitution in Queensland involves ‘outcall or escort services.’ Out of this, a small percentage operates legally, but the rest is illicit. A PLA report explains that the Prostitution Enforcement Task Force (PETF), the unit of police formed to combat the illegal industry, has been assiduous in its efforts but the effects aren’t lasting because of how the illegal industry works. A whilom prostitution legislation had allowed sole businessmen to operate legally, but the illegal sector soon chomped its way through this.

An official report on the Netherlands reveals that the control of the industry is delegated to the local municipalities, that are reportedly bringing into action planning laws. But however, escort prostitution is not local, and the municipalities can do nothing about it. The escort industry is showing a gradual shift as it advances into different sectors. In places like the Netherlands, prostitutes in the industry are not only likely to be trafficked women, but more likely to be seventeen or eighteen. A report finds that more than half of them were younger than twenty when they started and more than a 10 percent were younger than eighteen.

After Germany vowed to legalize prostitution, the concern about trafficking has only surged. A large proportion of the women in the industry, 300,000–400,000, are from outside Germany.  All said and done, in light of trafficking, prostitution can never resemble other legal industries. The profits that accrue from the industry and the ease with which some vulnerable groups of women can be exploited make trafficking a vital component in the chain of business, which is not the case with other vocations.

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