Ann Widdecombe Versus Prostitution was marvellous, apart from her apparent support for the banning of cars driven by single men from so much as passing through a designated part of Southampton. What if that were the only convenient route, or even the only route at all, to somewhere else? I never thought of Widdy as having anything in common with that tendency where her sex, her class and her generation intersect, which used to campaign for things like curfews on men and the definition of all heterosexual sex as rape, and which has never recanted such views even upon being made, say, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. (Homosexual sex between men and boys, on the other hand... Again, such views have never been recanted.)
But that aside, she was spot on. People who take drugs choose to do so, and prostitutes choose to prostitute themselves, as a drug-taking prostitute confirmed to her on camera. The criminalisation of both parties above the age of consent (which should in any case be raised to 18), with exactly equal sentencing, is required unless we are to say that one sex is somehow morally or intellectually inferior to the other. In practice, that sex would be women. Do we want to say that? Well, there you are, then.