UK & CA: Harman call over prostitute website

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman has urged movie star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenneger to “terminate” a website which allows people to rate prostitutes.

She told the Labour Party Conference that PunterNet was based in California, where Schwarzenegger is governor, but contained “pages and pages of women for sale in London”.

The “sinister” website “fuels the demand for prostitutes” and puts women at risk, she told activists in Brighton.

Ms Harman said: “There is now a website … where pimps put women on sale for sex and then men who’ve had sex with them put their comments on line.

“It is PunterNet and fuels the demand for prostitutes. It is the ultimate commodification of women and puts women at risk. It is truly degrading.”

It was “a sinister development which we are determined to stop”.

Ms Harman continued: “PunterNet has pages and pages of women for sale in London. But PunterNet is based in California so I’ve raised it with the US Ambassador to London and I’ve called on California’s governor Arnie Schwarzenegger to close it down.

“Surely it can’t be too difficult for The Terminator to terminate PunterNet and that’s what I’m demanding he does. And if he doesn’t, I’ve got a message for Arnie: I’ll be back.”

Ms Harman said the Government was stepping up action to tackle human trafficking in the run up to London’s 2012 Olympics.

“We’re determined to ensure that, especially in the run-up to the Olympics, international criminal gangs don’t trick and abduct women from abroad and sell them for sex.”

See original at MSN News


1 Comment

  1. Harman and Co make much out of trafficking and the Olympics but there’s very little evidence of trafficking for major sportsd events:

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