Criminalizing prostitution does not eradicate it. It drives it underground, putting the women at risk and giving customers an unfair advantage. An ex-prostitute in Italy, where prostitution is illegal, told me of women who were beaten by their clients when they demanded payment. She had horrible stories of women being threatened with knives. She told me of a Nigerian prostitute who was believed to have been killed by a customer. That is an extreme case, but the fact remains that criminalizing prostitution puts the women at the power of their customers. And we know how absolute power can corrupt absolutely.