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Sex workers and charities across Scotland are rallying behind an MSP’s proposal to decriminalise prostitution in the country. Jean Urquhart, the independent Highlands and Islands MSP, this week unveiled radical new plans designed to promote sex workers’ safety.

HIV Scotland and NUS Scotland have championed the MSP’s consultation, as has Scot-Pep, the sex worker-led charity that advocates for the safety, rights and health of people who sell sex in Scotland.

Nadine Stott, co-chair of Scot-Pep, said the organisation was “incredibly grateful” to the MSP for bringing forward “the first comprehensive set of proposals designed to allow sex workers to work safely in Scotland”......

 

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scottish-msps-plans-to-decriminalise-sex-work-wins-support-across-the-country-10497457.html

 

 

At last a voice of reason, and one reflecting the views of Those Who Know!

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Fabulous news. Just shows how things could go so differently in two different parts of the UK. Hopefully people are watching in Ireland

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Wow - brilliant news. It makes a change from Rhoda Grant trying to get the Swedish Model enacted.

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Hopefully people are watching in Ireland

Yes we are! See Trends in Northern Ireland thread on here. So far, the NI Act does not seem to have had any effect on Internet advertisers.

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It makes a change from Rhoda Grant trying to get the Swedish Model enacted.

 

The "Swedish Model" is discredited IMHO. If anyone doubts this, try searching "Stockholm Escort", or similar phrases, in Google etc. You will see there are hundreds of sex workers advertising quite openly in the country that pioneered making the purchase of sexual services illegal.

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A review of the consultation responses for independent MSP Jean Urquhart’s draft Bill on sex worker safety has today been published. 70% of those replying supported the general aims of the legislation, the purpose of which is improve the safety of sex workers in Scotland. 207 responses were received, from individual sex workers and from organisations led by sex workers, from organisations including those that focus on women’s equality, and from members of the public. The Bill has also been supported by SNP, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green MSPs.

Read the full Summary of Responses report here.

The proposals would:

1. Allow up to four sex workers to work together from the same premises, and allow larger licensed premises. The current law means that two or more sex workers who work independently together for safety are criminalised for brothel-keeping, which increases the risk of violence.

2. End laws against soliciting and kerb-crawling. The Scottish evidence shows that both measures reduce the amount of time sex workers have to assess their safety and agree services, again increasing the incidence of violence against them.

3. Establish increased protection against coercion, which the current legislation only provides to female sex workers, and introduce tougher penalties in this area.

4. Allow sex workers to have joint finances with their families or flatmates. Currently the partners and family of sex workers are criminalised, which is isolating and stigmatising, and assumes coercion rather than tackling coercion directly.

These measures draw on the laws adopted in New Zealand in 2003, which has been backed by organisations including UNAIDS, Human Rights Watch, the World Health Organisation, the Lancet, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, and Amnesty International. The bill process has been supported by SCOT-PEP, a Scottish charity which campaigns for the rights of sex workers, and it has been backed by organisations such as HIV Scotland, NUS Scotland, and UK-wide sex worker safety charity National Ugly Mugs.

The dissolution of the Scottish Parliament at midnight on Wednesday 23rd March means the Bill will be withdrawn in anticipation of it being reintroduced in the next session.

Jean Urquhart MSP said:

“Whether or not I am returned to Holyrood for the next session, I am increasingly confident that the next session of Parliament will see sex workers at the heart of the debate about the laws that affect them for the first time. For too long their safety has been an afterthought, at best, and their voices have been ignored. Now, through this consultation and the process that led to it, their knowledge and their experience can be heard loud and clear. I am grateful to colleagues from across Parliament for their support, and to all those who took the time to give such detailed and thoughtful feedback.”

Nadine Stott, co-chair of sex worker rights charity SCOT-PEP said:

“We’re delighted. The responses to Jean’s bill were strikingly positive: finally the debate is being had in a way which centres sex workers themselves, and the support has been overwhelming. We look forward to seeing these proposals progress in the next parliamentary session”.

http://prostitutionreform.scot/summary-of-responses-report-published-showing-strong-support-of-reform-proposals/

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Wonderful work done by Jean here and really puts Rhoda Grant's handiwork in the haypenny place!

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Absolutely! I do hope that it gets through, as it would be a great thing with which to beat the nay-sayers!

Whatever happens, its existence surely cannot go unnoticed in Westminster?

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