Prostitution, trafficking and a whole lot of legislation

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I used to be a debater – professionally, not just in my personal life! I debated all through school and when I went to university I became President of Leeds University’s debating society. One of the best pieces of advice I was given during my debating career was that it’s much harder to argue for something you believe in. Be wary when you get to stand up for a woman’s right to choose abortion, to argue in favour of gay marriage, or against the death penalty. Surprisingly, it can be a bit of a poisoned chalice.

The reason is that our beliefs tend to be based on our emotions. Even the most logical amongst us has a gut reaction to most things. You’re jumping for joy when you get to argue in favour of gay marriage because you ‘just know’ it’s right. But the reality is you probably…

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