Law & Morality Essay

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Consider the view that there is a close relationship between law and morality. Examine the debate as to whether the law should reflect moral values, and discuss issues, which show the continuing importance of that debate. (30marks + 5 for AO3) A definition of law adapted from LB Curzon, Dictionary of Law states “ the law is a set of rules which are binding among the people of a community or a state, so that they will be imposed upon and enforced among those persons by appropriate sanctions”. The definition of morals given by Elliott and Quinn, Law for AQA state that “morals are beliefs and values which are shared by society, or a section of society; they tell those who share them what is right or wrong”. There are many similarities…show more content…
Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. In the United Kingdom, prostitution itself is not a crime, but soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes. In England and Wales and in Northern Ireland it is an offence to pay for sex with a prostitute who has been “subjected to force” and this is a strict liability offence and clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the prostitute was forced. It is illegal to buy sex from a person younger than 18, although the age of consent for non-commercial sex is 16. Section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 creates the offence of "paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc.", which is a strict liability offence. This section was inserted on 1 April 2010 by section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009. It is an offence for a person persistently to loiter or solicit in a street or public place for the purpose of prostitution. This offence is created by section 1(1) of the Street Offences Act 1959 as amended by section 16 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009. It prohibits street prostitution. The term "prostitute" is defined for the purposes of sections 48 to 50 and 52 and 53 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and for the purposes of section
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