2 JUNE 1961, Page 15

Sta.--1 fear that Mr. Cline, in his article on the

Courts and prostitution, has misunderstood their approach to this subject. True, they may be jumpy, for in Shaw v. D.P.P. it was stated that they had to recognise prostitution as an evil or otherwise. What they did say, however, in Shaw's case was that they were not going to help a prostitute.

The Court in the Caslin case did not send the accused to prison because she did not sleep with the prosecutor. She was sent to prison under the ordinary rules of the criminal law relating to obtaining by false pretences; it would indeed have been a defence to show that she slept with the prosecutor, for then • there would have been no obtaining by false pretences.--Yours faithfully,


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