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Prostitution should be a career choice like any other, former call girl Belle de Jour tells committee of MPs
- Brooke Magnanti: Doing away with penalties would make sex work safer
- Author gained fame chronicling her activities while working as call girl
- She appeared with activist Paris Lees, who also worked as a prostitute
- Home Affairs Committee inquiry looking at UK legislation on prostitution
‘Decriminalise prostitution’: Dr Brooke Magnanti told the Home Affairs Committee that doing away with penalties against sex workers would make it safer
Prostitution should be fully decriminalised in Britain and on a par with other career choices, former call girl Belle de Jour told MPs yesterday.
Dr Brooke Magnanti told the Home Affairs Committee that doing away with penalties against sex workers would make it safer.
The author, who gained fame chronicling her activities while working as a call girl, appeared in London with writer and activist Paris Lees, who also previously worked as a prostitute.
The committee began an inquiry earlier this year into UK legislation on prostitution, looking at whether those who sell sex should still be more heavily penalised than those who pay for it.
Dr Magnanti, 40, joked at Portcullis House that she would ‘wave my magic wand’ to make prostitution a legitimate career choice.
She was asked by Scottish National Party MP Stuart McDonald: ‘What would you describe as being the end goal? Is it to see prostitution as on a par with other career choices, as legitimate as other career choices, or would you not go as far as that? And if you would go as far as that how would you make that happen?’
Dr Magnanti said: ‘I think that’s a fair interpretation of what I said. First off decriminalisation, so getting rid of penalties against sex workers, the brothel-keeping penalties that penalise them for working together, even sharing a premises.’
The forensic scientist and columnist, who was born in Florida but currently lives in the UK, said she saw her time as a call girl as a way to make money while at university.
Hopes and dreams: Dr Magnanti gives evidence to the Home Affairs Committee at Portcullis House in London yesterday, where she joked she would ‘wave my magic wand’ to make prostitution a legitimate career choice
Push for decriminalisation: Also appearing in front of MPs was writer and activist Paris Lees, who previously worked as a prostitute and argued yesterday that criminalising prostitution makes it more dangerous
Considerations: The committee began an inquiry earlier this year into UK legislation on prostitution, looking at whether those who sell sex should still be more heavily penalised than those who pay for it
She said: ‘I saw it as a stopgap really. In the way that students would choose to work behind a bar.’
She said safety must be ‘the bottom line’, and argued sex workers are more likely to contact police if they are in danger if there is no threat of them facing prosecution themselves.
Ms Lees, who is transgender and said she had experienced ‘family rejection’ when she came out aged 18, said she did not see why trying to put a stop to sex work should even be considered.
She credited it as having helped her get to the ‘privileged’ position she now holds. She said: ‘The reason I am privileged now and not marginalised is because of sex work.’
Ms Lees also argued that criminalising prostitution makes it more dangerous. She said: ‘It is because it’s been pushed underground, it’s made seedy.’
Dr Brooke Magnanti (left) gained fame as Belle de Jour, chronicling her activities while working as a call girl, which spawned a long-running TV series starring Billie Piper (right)
Writings: The adventures of Belle de Jour (left) by Dr Magnanti (right, as child) spawned two bestselling books
She also called on Labour to push for decriminalisation.
Ms Lees said: ‘Labour, the party that’s supposed to stand up for marginalised people and workers should actually be advocating for this and allowing sex workers to come together to work in collectives where they feel empowered and safe and not that they’re going to be criminalised.’
The party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously said he is in favour of ‘decriminalising the sex industry’ and called for a more ‘civilised’ approach to the debate. But former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman said prostitution was ‘exploitation and abuse’.
Committee member Tim Loughton said hearing the evidence of both women had caused him to think decriminalisation and ‘having everything above board’ by protecting sex workers and going after ‘the real criminals’ who exploit prostitutes ‘is an increasingly attractive way that we might want to go’.
The adventures of Belle de Jour spawned two bestselling books and a long-running TV series starring Billie Piper.