School careers officers could suggest prostitution as a line of work for pupils, the Lib Dem conference has heard.
Dennis Parsons, the chairman of Cheltenham Liberal Democrats, floated the idea at a special session on sex work.
The Lib Dem said careers officers are not allowed to suggest prostitution, but added: “Why shouldn’t they?”
Good question. Why also shouldn’t they be allowed to suggest pupils could sell themselves into slavery? Careers officers could be urging pupils to sample the joys of working in garment factories in Bangladesh, or the leather industry in India, or cleaning sewers in Mogadishu, or sweeping the streets in North Korea. There are horrible dangerous jobs everywhere, so why shouldn’t school careers officers be suggesting them to pupils?
During a discussion on how to combat the stigma attached to sex work, Mr Parsons compared prostitution with accountancy.
He said: “The fact that we are asking ‘should we seek to prevent people entering sex work?’ is part of the problem. You wouldn’t ask the question ‘should we prevent people becoming accountants?’ You’d just take it for granted.”
Accountancy, yes. A chicken processing plant, not so much. Some jobs are worse than others, including some that are so bad that no schools officers should be suggesting them to pupils.
Who benefits from encouraging pupils to go into prostitution? Men who want more prostitutes to choose from, mostly.
“We have had a chap suggest that one of the areas we need to be concerned about was families coercing people to go into the sex trade. Well, again, you wouldn’t protest at families urging and coercing people into becoming accountants.”
Yes I would, if the people in question wanted to do something else and had a good chance of doing it.
But more to the point, accountancy and prostitution aren’t comparable. Accountants aren’t forced to do double-anal by men who get their ideas of good sex from porn.
“And even in this room full of liberals we have got a huge cultural problem that we do see sex work as different, and we see it as something a little bit tacky, and not quite nice, and not the sort of thing that we would want our sons and daughters to get involved in.”
Yeah that’s the problem – liberals thinking prostitution is not the best career choice for their daughters.