Prostitution and the Law, 1957

1. The National Council of Women in Conference is of the opinion that the increase of prostitution, both in demand and supply, calls urgently for the amendment of certain laws in England and Wales. The National Council of Women urges that the Solicitation Laws should be so amended as to be applicable to all persons of either sex, that the uncorroborated evidence of a policeman should no longer suffice for conviction, and the term “common prostitute” which has the effect of creating a special category of women, and creates a presumption of solicitation, should not be used in the police charge in Great Britain.

2. The National Council of Women urges that the phrase “not being a common prostitute or of known immoral character” be eliminated from the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, on the grounds that:–  a. protection against certain forms of procuration is denied to a special class of woman (largely created by the action of the Solicitation Laws), and, b. that the British Government may be able to ratify the draft International Convention for the Suppression of Traffic in Women and Children of 1937, which, adopted by the United Nations will protect all persons from all forms of procuration.

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