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Scot-pep Campaigning Group - Fight The Scottish Criminalisation Bill

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On the 23rd of May Rhoda Grant MSP made the first step towards launching a bill for the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Scotland. It is not a bill yet, but it will be. We will be campaigning vigorously against this bill, as we believe it will have a significant negative impact on sex workers lives, safety, access to health services and human rights.

Sex workers in Scotland will know that their rights and safety have been being slowly eroded for the last ten years, from kerb-crawling legislation to the Scottish Executive's stated policy that all sex work is 'Commercial Sexual Exploitation' and is intrinsically damaging to everyone involved, no matter what they have to say about it. Well, we have a LOT to say about it, and we think you do too.

Our Campaign Group, made up of our Board of Directors and current and former sex workers from across Scotland, meets every month in Edinburgh. The Campaign Group exists to ensure that SCOT-PEP truly reflects the views and opinions of sex workers and their supporters in Scotland; and that all of our campaigning and lobbying work is driven by its members.

We always need more sex worker members, more voices and more views, but never more than now, right NOW, when the rights and safety of sex workers in Scotland are at stake; if we lose this battle we may not get a chance to fight it again for a decade or more. Membership of the Campaign Group can be completely anonymous and people are free to choose how involved they wish to be in our activities.

Here’s how you can find out more and get involved:

Email us at: voice@scot-pep.org.uk

Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Scotpep

Visit the Website: www.scot-pep.org.uk

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On the 23rd of May Rhoda Grant MSP made the first step towards launching a bill for the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Scotland. It is not a bill yet, but it will be. We will be campaigning vigorously against this bill, as we believe it will have a significant negative impact on sex workers lives, safety, access to health services and human rights.

Sex workers in Scotland will know that their rights and safety have been being slowly eroded for the last ten years, from kerb-crawling legislation to the Scottish Executive's stated policy that all sex work is 'Commercial Sexual Exploitation' and is intrinsically damaging to everyone involved, no matter what they have to say about it. Well, we have a LOT to say about it, and we think you do too.

Our Campaign Group, made up of our Board of Directors and current and former sex workers from across Scotland, meets every month in Edinburgh. The Campaign Group exists to ensure that SCOT-PEP truly reflects the views and opinions of sex workers and their supporters in Scotland; and that all of our campaigning and lobbying work is driven by its members.

We always need more sex worker members, more voices and more views, but never more than now, right NOW, when the rights and safety of sex workers in Scotland are at stake; if we lose this battle we may not get a chance to fight it again for a decade or more. Membership of the Campaign Group can be completely anonymous and people are free to choose how involved they wish to be in our activities.

Here’s how you can find out more and get involved:

Email us at: voice@scot-pep.org.uk

Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Scotpep

Visit the Website: www.scot-pep.org.uk

hmm

see the statement in your post I have highlighted

why are you so sure? Is this SNP policy or is it just some opposition hype?

have you researched the scottish parliament to see which MSP's would support this and who would not?

bear in mind the SNP have to get the Yes in the referendum to retain their credibility. would this measure help get a yes vote or would it piss of many who would then vote no.

I am glad i live far from the presbyterian rectitude.

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The prohibitionists have been worrying this particular bone between their teeth for a good few years now. Trish Godman tried to sneak a criminalisation blurb into an existing bill a few years ago, and was defeated on the basis that her political manoeuvring was inappropriate. She then did a consultation on a criminalisation bill in 2010-11, which was so gob-smackingly unprofessional, biased and near-illiterate that it was actually embarrassing that a member of the Scottish Parliament would see fit to publicly publish it. She ran out of time to submit a bill based on that consultation before she left parliament; we knew for quite some time that someone was going to be taking it forward, and we've known it was going to be Rhoda for a good few months now. Rhoda is also working on her own stalking legislation, so we thought we had a little more time before she brought criminalisation to the table.

The prohibitionists are a very powerful lobby in Scotland, particularly on the West Coast. This is something they've been pursuing for years, and it's not going to go away until it is defeated at the bill stage based on the merits of such a law. What we need to do now is get the Justice Committee to make her have a new consultation, and organise a shit-hot, overwhelmingly negative response when she does.

We have been lobbying MSPs for quite some time and have a good idea how many of them will vote; being politicians, the majority are waiting to form an opinion or be told how to vote by the party whips.

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