The Scottish Government has opened up a consultation regarding Trish Godman’s proposal for the criminalisation of the purchase of sex. This proposal would, if passed, make it a crime for customers to pay for sexual services. Also considered are the criminalisation of activities related to prostitution (e.g. advertising) and also the discussion of what constitutes “payment” (e.g. rent, drugs, debts, food, etc.) The potential impact of this proposal upon prostitutes and other sex workers would be drastic.
The “consultation” document can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/bills/MembersBills/documents/20101122CriminalisationofPurchaseofSex.pdf
The consultation itself (8 questions) can be found at the end of the document. The due date is 18th Febuary.
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