Of course, for something like the Merseyside Model to really work, we would need to re-educate law enforcement across the country and make systems where everyone could report attacks in confidence.
The Ugly Mugs program, started by Rosie Campbell OBE, does exactly that.
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Right now Canadian research is being thrown into the spotlight by media, not least because the Supreme Court there recently rules to strike down all existing laws regarding prostitution (thanks to the wonderfully coiffed Terri-Jean Bedford and her decade-long legal battle).
As well as aiming to demonstrate trends over time, the survey also examines topics like attitudes towards the law, the age at which subjects started buying sex, and their other sexual relationships.
Chris Atchison of the University of Victoria designed both studies.
But there must be something in the water right now as Woman's Hour gave over an entire segment to promoting the 'Swedish Model' of criminalising the men who buy sex on last week and has dedicated lots of airtime this week to prostitution.
Meanwhile on Radio 4's Today programme Labour MP Gavin Shuker called for crackdowns on the 'kerb crawling' customers of sex workers.
UK researcher Teela Sanders, meanwhile, wrote a book discussing the phenomenon of paying for sex.
In it, she notes: "We have moved away from the sexist idea that bad women force innocent men to buy their sexual services, but the opposite view that clients are evil, violent, woman-hating brutes who victimise defenceless women is also overstated." Sanders's book describes "push factors" - things like boredom, loneliness, or unsatisfying sex life - as well as "pull factors" like availability and opportunity that influence men's decisions to purchase sex.
As with so many things, whether or not you actually broach the subject should be the topic of much thought.
Like with the question of your number of ex-sex partners… Perhaps the best policy is, if the outcome would completely change the way you think of someone, then perhaps it's better left unasked. It does however signal a move in this country, following Rhoda Grant's failed bill in the Scottish parliament last year, to continue pushing the criminalisation of punters. Most people on both sides of the issue agree that yes, they do.
No doubt while some people would be put off by criminalisation of buying sex, others would find the exact opposite.