chapter  5
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Listening to the Experts

The witnesses, as they filed past the committee, did little to clarify the dilemma that confronted Wolfenden. They displayed a wide spectrum of views that merely emphasised the intractable nature of prostitution and revealed that there was no consensus of opinion or solid support for new draconian measures. Wolfenden was obviously aware of the illogicality of some aspects of the legal situation, but although he claimed to rebuff the moral arguments, he concluded that the operational difficulties that would be presented by dropping the pejorative label of ‘common prostitute’ would be insuperable.