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Response To Petition - Policing And Crime Act 2009

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Just received this from HM Government -

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Nothing to get excited about.

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Just received this from HM Government -

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Nothing to get excited about.

"We are conducting a review of approaches to prostitution in different local areas".

I'd be very interested to know more about that 'review' and what it entails.

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Translated into English: "We don't really know what we're talking about, but this sounds as if it will do."

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Translated into English: "We don't really know what we're talking about, but this sounds as if it will do."

Politicians are one of the gifted few who can produce three paragraphs of text which actually amount to nothing.

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Just received this from HM Government -

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Nothing to get excited about.

Government response

Sections 14 & 15 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which came into force on 1st April 2010, create a new offence of paying for the sexual services of a prostitute who has been subject to exploitative conduct. The purpose of this offence is to protect those involved in prostitution who have been exploited by a third party and have not necessarily freely chosen to enter into prostitution. [Well if nothing else they do accept the possibility of choice] The offence aims to achieve this by targeting those who pay for sexual services and create the demand for prostitution. This offence does not criminalise those who pay for sex with a prostitute who has not been subject to exploitation and freely chooses to sell sexual services. [Unfortunately the way the law has been drafted it makes it impossible for the punter to determine this]

The Government is determined to continue to tackle exploitation where it exists and ensure that those who are responsible are held to account. [Which begs the question as to why there was not another section specifically making it illegal to exploit etc (preferably the exact words used in section 14).] We are confident that the prostitution provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2009 will help to further protect those who are forced or coerced into prostitution and are amongst some of the most vulnerable members of our society. [By the issuing of 2 cautions (no confirmation and maybe just anecdotal), strong stuff indeed]

As part of our consideration of issues relating to prostitution we are conducting a review of approaches to prostitution in different local areas. The aim of this exercise is to identify best practice, [Best practice for whom?]in terms of policing, helping people leave prostitution, minimising harm and general multi-agency working and to publish best practice guidance.

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Just received this from HM Government -

You signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to defer any bill on

prostitution until after the next general election. I received one, nice to know the petition came in handy for something. mailing list :unsure:

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i too received this response,and as has already been mentioned,at least their is some sort of acceptance from the govt that women by and large choose sex work voluntarily

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"Government response

Sections 14 & 15 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which came into force on 1st April 2010, create a new offence of paying for the sexual services of a prostitute who has been subject to exploitative conduct. The purpose of this offence is to protect those involved in prostitution who have been exploited by a third party and have not necessarily freely chosen to enter into prostitution. [Well if nothing else they do accept the possibility of choice] The offence aims to achieve this by targeting those who pay for sexual services and create the demand for prostitution. This offence does not criminalise those who pay for sex with a prostitute who has not been subject to exploitation and freely chooses to sell sexual services. [unfortunately the way the law has been drafted it makes it impossible for the punter to determine this]

The Government is determined to continue to tackle exploitation where it exists and ensure that those who are responsible are held to account. We are confident that the prostitution provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2009 will help to further protect those who are forced or coerced into prostitution and are amongst some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

As part of our consideration of issues relating to prostitution we are conducting a review of approaches to prostitution in different local areas. The aim of this exercise is to identify best practice, in terms of policing, helping people leave prostitution, minimising harm and general multi-agency working and to publish best practice guidance."

This ambiguous bromide is the new Govt's standard, all perpose response, cut and pasted in reply to any enquiry related to prostitution. Either they are being very coy or, more likely, they have no interest at all in the subject.

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