Schwarzenegger Asked To Close Prostitution Ratings Website

At Punternet.com you can rate UK prostitutes, find out about British massage parlors, and participate in a bulletin board about all things prostitutey. (“Punter” = “john” in British slang.) Yesterday a British government minister asked Arnold Schwarzenegger to shut it down, because although it concerns the British sex industry—where prostitution isn’t illegal—it’s based in California.

[Harriet Harman] said the website was a “very sinister development” in the trade and exploitation of women and allows guests to compare and rate services in the same way as they would a restaurant, a hotel or a holiday.

Pimps put women on sale for sex on the site then clients offered their comments on line, she said.

“Punternet has pages and pages of women for sale in London,” said Harman, who is deputy leader of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor Party.

What do you think? If prostitution is legal, should ratings websites exist for it?

“Britain asks Schwarzenegger to close prostitute website” [Reuters]
(Photo: JeffChristiansen)