Rethinking Wolfenden: Prostitute-Use, Criminal Law, and Remote Harm
Criminal Law Review, pp. 444-455, 2005
12 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2005
This article critiques the Wolfenden Committee's conclusion that criminalising prostitute-use is inconsistent with the liberal harm principle. Section one evaluates recent empirical evidence challenging Wolfenden's assumptions regarding prostitution. Section two analyses the use of forced-prostitutes as a direct harm offence of rape. Section three presents a new approach to criminalising the conduct of prostitute-users, and sketches a prima facie case in favour of criminalising solicitation for prostitute-use as an abstract endangerment offence.
Keywords: Criminal law, prostitution, harm principle, endangerment, Wolfenden, consent, fair imputation
JEL Classification: K14, K42, K49
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