LA News Release, "Ban on Prostitution: A Charter for Violent Pimps and Bent Policemen" (December 2007)

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Release Date: Saturday 22nd December 2007
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via

Proposed Sex Trade Ban in UK "A Charter for Violent Pimps and Bent Policemen" Says Libertarian Alliance

The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties pressure group, today denounces Justice Minister Harriet Harman for her proposal to criminalise the purchase of sexual services.

Libertarian Alliance Director, Sean Gabb, says:

"We believe in the right of consenting adults to associate as they see fit. If a buyer and seller of sexual services come together and reach agreement on terms, it is an infringement of their personal freedom for the authorities to interfere.

"However, as this is not an argument our politicians are likely to understand, let alone accept, we say further that it would be absolutely impossible to suppress prostitution or the general trade in sexual services. Far more repressive governments than this one - and with the backing of public opinion - have tried to "suppress vice" and have miserably failed. The desire of buyers for sex and of sellers for money, and the private nature of the transactions, Our own government is no more likely to succeed in this than they have in imposing western democracy on Iraq at gunpoint.

"But while a ban cannot work,

Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

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The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at

Our postal address is

The Libertarian Alliance
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Tel: 07956 472 199