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Drugs and prostitutes boost economy

This Is Local London: Illegal drugs and prostitution could be worth as much as ten billion pounds a year to the UK economy, according to new figures Illegal drugs and prostitution could be worth as much as ten billion pounds a year to the UK economy, according to new figures

Illegal drugs and prostitution will boost the value of the UK economy by around £10 billion, statisticians have revealed.

Both activities are worth 0.7% of GDP, equal to agriculture, accommodation services, such as hotels, or publishing industries, including newspapers and magazines.

European Union (EU) rules mean the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will for the first time have to include illegal activities in its official estimate of the total value of UK goods and services, also known as gross domestic product (GDP).

Based on 2009 prices, the ONS has estimated prostitution will add £5.3 billion to GDP, while drugs will boost the economy by £4.4 billion.

In all the years between 1997 and 2009 the impact ranges from £7 billion to £11 billion, statisticians said.

Campaigners against violence against women said it was "frightening to see such human tragedy financially valued".

A spokeswoman for women's charity Eaves said: "Eaves is surprised and saddened that illegal activities, crime, abuse, suffering and violence would be considered as part of the GDP.

"Given that the entry routes to prostitution and the barriers to exiting prostitution are known to commonly include childhood sexual violence, domestic violence, neglect, abuse, poverty, destitution, coercion and addiction - it is humiliating and frankly frightening to see such human tragedy financially valued and counted as 'productive'.

"It is just one more way in which human lives, women's lives in particular, are devalued, objectified and commodified and another step on the road to the normalisation of pimps as businessmen."

For measuring the contribution of "prostitution services", statisticians will assess the value of rental of brothels, sales of condoms and sales of clothes worn by sex workers.

When assessing the impact of illegal drugs, the ONS will consider production and sales of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines.

The data will class growing drugs or importing them as "production", buying them for home use as "expenditure", and selling them as "income".

A number of changes to GDP are expected to add £33 billion, or 2.3%, to the value of the economy.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said: " The coalition Government is committed to tackling the harm and exploitation associated with illegal drugs and prostitution.

"Our approach to drugs remains clear: we must prevent drug use in our communities and help dependent individuals through treatment and wider recovery support, while ensuring law enforcement protects society by stopping the supply and tackling the organised crime that is associated with the drugs trade.

"There are positive signs our approach is the right one: drug use has fallen to its lowest level since records began and people going into treatment today are more likely to free themselves from dependency than ever before.

"We believe that those who want to leave prostitution should be given every opportunity to find routes out. We will ensure that legislation surrounding prostitution remains effective and continue to work with law enforcement agencies and the voluntary sector to achieve this."

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4:49pm Thu 29 May 14

John Steed says...

for shop lifting and retail crime add Crime-related Costs Total £5,694M this is the 2012/3 figures from retailresearch.org.u
k the best part is that a huge reduction could easily be made in these statistics by prescribing heroin on the NHS. It gets the users out of the hands of the dealers, and takes away the need to commit crime to pay for the habit. As to protitution, deal with it the way as europe does., legalise it, then it becomes controllable.
for shop lifting and retail crime add Crime-related Costs Total £5,694M this is the 2012/3 figures from retailresearch.org.u k the best part is that a huge reduction could easily be made in these statistics by prescribing heroin on the NHS. It gets the users out of the hands of the dealers, and takes away the need to commit crime to pay for the habit. As to protitution, deal with it the way as europe does., legalise it, then it becomes controllable. John Steed
  • Score: 7

5:50pm Thu 29 May 14

cosmick says...

So open borders do have a benefit to the country, now how about the income tax from the income?
So open borders do have a benefit to the country, now how about the income tax from the income? cosmick
  • Score: -1

8:48pm Thu 29 May 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

This should be telling the government something, the state should not be rationing danger and telling people what they can/cannot put in their bodies - particularly when they are already collecting billions of pounds in tax from alcohol and tobacco - the two most dangerous drugs in our society. Instead they should legalise ALL drugs, regulate their production and sale and tax them.
Equally if a woman - or man - wishes to rent her/his body and another person wishes to hire it it is really nobody else's business. It should be taxed like any other form of economic activity.
This should be telling the government something, the state should not be rationing danger and telling people what they can/cannot put in their bodies - particularly when they are already collecting billions of pounds in tax from alcohol and tobacco - the two most dangerous drugs in our society. Instead they should legalise ALL drugs, regulate their production and sale and tax them. Equally if a woman - or man - wishes to rent her/his body and another person wishes to hire it it is really nobody else's business. It should be taxed like any other form of economic activity. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 5

10:16pm Thu 29 May 14

varteg1 says...

With that report in mind, I wonder what would happen if I opened a brothel, with off licence drugs on the side?
With that report in mind, I wonder what would happen if I opened a brothel, with off licence drugs on the side? varteg1
  • Score: -2

12:15am Fri 30 May 14

Plausible Deniability says...

Where is the Taxation?

Legalise Prostitution

Drugs I have not got a clue how to tackle that one, all I do know is that someone is raking it in.
Someone big out there has bought there way to silence and anonymity.
While they catch one lot, 50 others are coming in on a quite coastline near you.
Its Called The Falling Plates.
Where is the Taxation? Legalise Prostitution Drugs I have not got a clue how to tackle that one, all I do know is that someone is raking it in. Someone big out there has bought there way to silence and anonymity. While they catch one lot, 50 others are coming in on a quite coastline near you. Its Called The Falling Plates. Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -1

3:54pm Fri 30 May 14

shy talk says...

In the United Kingdom prostitution itself the exchange of sexual services for money is legal, but a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel and pimping are crimes.

Living off immoral earnings is illegal. However one young lady took the Inland Revenue who charged her income tax on her earnings to court. Stating the Inland Revenue where living off immoral earnings. The judge ruled in favour of the Inland Revenue. One law for one and not the other.
In the United Kingdom prostitution itself the exchange of sexual services for money is legal, but a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel and pimping are crimes. Living off immoral earnings is illegal. However one young lady took the Inland Revenue who charged her income tax on her earnings to court. Stating the Inland Revenue where living off immoral earnings. The judge ruled in favour of the Inland Revenue. One law for one and not the other. shy talk
  • Score: 0
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