The owner of the Nevada based brothel 'Moonlight Bunny Ranch' wants to met up with London Mayor Boris Johnson to discuss the possibility of obtaining a temporary license to run a brothel in Soho during the Olympics. Dennis Hof believes that by allowing a licensed brothel to operate in the center of London, it will offer a safe, legal alternative for any tourist who may want to employ the services of a sex worker while they are in London for the Olympic Games. He also states that all women working in his establishment will be drug tested and not forced to work unlike other brothels already operating illegally in the capital. Hof also says that major sporting events like the Olympics act like a magnet for sex traffickers because they see the influx of tourists as a big money-making opportunity, and attempts by officials to eradicate the problem always fail;
"Well intentioned efforts (of every Olympics host city) to eradicate the world's oldest profession becomes folly as the unintended results inadvertently place its' control into the hands of gangsters, drug dealers and murderers. It's a strategic miscalculation that is repeated time and time again in the futile hope of an outcome different than all of those that have come before."And as a further incentive, Hoff points out that legalizing brothels will open up another tax revenue stream for the city. Dennis Hof is a entrepreneur who owns and runs the 'Moonlight Bunny Ranch' in the state of Nevada where prostitution is decriminalized. He and his brothels were also the subject of two HBO documentaries which earned him national fame. He is scheduled to speak at Oxford Universitys 'Oxford Union Society' discussion on prostitution tomorrow. Even though he is unlikely to get his wish, the points he makes are valid. Prostitution (much like drugs) has always been hard to control. The more governments try the heavy handed approach and implement complete prohibition, the more they drive it underground and into the hands of criminals. This then leaves it wide open for women to be forced and exploited by pimps who go unchecked and out of the reach of the authorities. If licensed establishments were offered as a legal alternative where the girls welfare is paramount, you could regulate and tax it while forcing out the criminal element at the same time. Unfortunately, this is destined to get bogged down behind sensationalist headlines and knee jerk reaction like it always does when prostitution or drug legalization is discussed. Until a politician is brave enough to discuss the subject without fear of attack from the right wing press, the issue of girls being exploited by pimps will continue as it always has.