Is Soliciting Sex A Crime?

A former member of the government of Sweden was arrested by police for soliciting sex from a woman. He claims the woman asked for a ride and he gave her one, but noticed a car following his own and decided to ask her to leave his car. Alas, too late, because the sex police arrived at the scene of the crime and told the man he was under arrest. He was given the choice of pleading guilty, pay a fine or face a trial and publicity. He chose the former.

If “soliciting sex” is a crime shouldn’t we lock up millions? Men offer women fur coats, jewelry, liquor, fine meals in order to get them into bed. Naturally, if the equivalent of money is part of the solicitation, it is not a crime. Solicitation by any name is solicitation. This is one more absurdity about “crime” in the modern world.