UK countries consult on further criminalisation
Two countries in the United Kingdom - Scotland and Northern Ireland - are currently consulting on proposals to introduce legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex.
In Scotland, Rhoda Grant MSP (Labour) has launched a public consultation on her proposal for her private members bill, 'Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill'. The public consultation runs until 14th December. You can download her consultation document on the Scottish Parliament's website here. NSWP member organisation SCOT-PEP have been campaigning vigorously against the proposals and there will be updates on their website relating to the consultation as it progresses.
In Northern Ireland, Lord (Maurice) Morrow MLA (Democratic Unionist Party) has a consultation running until 18th October on his draft Human Trafficking & Exploitation (Further Provisions & Support for Victims) Bill which he has already drafted. His Bill includes a range of measures aimed at tackling trafficking, but most disturbingly also includes the 'introduction of a new offence of paying for the sexual services of a prostitute'. More information and the consultation paper can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly website here.