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Decriminalisation of sex work

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Has just been recommended by the Home Affair select committee. Thought I would post it here not in the legal section as its too important, a real milestone, although with the pressure of other business its not clear if the law will be changed. But a really clear signal has been sent to the criminalisers. 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36677693

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This is good, however what about women who don't have prostitution offences on their record, yet the police write their ' lastknown' occupation as an Escort (or whatever) onto their criminal record check (DBS)?

 

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7 hours ago, Strawberry said:

This is good, however what about women who don't have prostitution offences on their record, yet the police write their ' lastknown' occupation as an Escort (or whatever) onto their criminal record check (DBS)?

 

 

It should be erased.

 

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I heard on radio that the proposal was that past records for prostitutes would be erased - IF - the proposal went through as it specifies that.

I haven't seen or heard any details about punters - other countries are including criminalising punters when they decriminalise sex workers.

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nothing has been decided about punters yet. they have asked for further research to be done by the home office. the report sounded very sceptical of the nordic model though

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5 minutes ago, 30GGRedhead said:

nothing has been decided about punters yet. they have asked for further research to be done by the home office. the report sounded very sceptical of the nordic model though

That and the implementation nightmare especially when the police force have been decimated. I believe there have been no prosecutions in NI under the new law.

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That sounds hopeful but I think many punters would be unwilling to run the risk of pursuing an illegal activity - or have I got that wrong?

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46 minutes ago, vivluvsme said:

That sounds hopeful but I think many punters would be unwilling to run the risk of pursuing an illegal activity - or have I got that wrong?

How's the driving in your area? In my area a lot of the cars are untaxed, no MOT, on their mobile phones and jump lanes while speeding. I think the quality of punter would  become more dangerous if buying was criminalised.

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20 hours ago, met012 said:

How's the driving in your area? In my area a lot of the cars are untaxed, no MOT, on their mobile phones and jump lanes while speeding. I think the quality of punter would  become more dangerous if buying was criminalised.

Understood the first sentence, but I think there is a qualitative difference between the activities you mention and punting. Spouse reaction for a start.

Not sure what you mean by the second sentence.

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21 hours ago, vivluvsme said:

Understood the first sentence, but I think there is a qualitative difference between the activities you mention and punting. Spouse reaction for a start.

Not sure what you mean by the second sentence.

Not all punters are married and if it was criminalised. The average client would more likely be a criminal minded putting the life of the sex worker at risk. Unless of course plod turn a blind eye as in NI. However a lot  of the England forces probably enforce it to the letter since they are kinky lot!

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On ‎01‎/‎07‎/‎2016 at 11:46 PM, pabulum said:

From that interim report:
"We...recommend that, at the earliest opportunity, the Home Office change existing legislation so that soliciting is no longer an offence and so that brothel-keeping provisions allow sex workers to share premises, without losing the ability to prosecute those who use brothels to control or exploit sex workers.
...we have made clear our strong view that the first step of changing the existing legislation on soliciting, and on brothel-keeping as it relates to sex workers sharing premises, should be taken by the Government as a matter of urgency."

Well, blow me! Wonders never cease! This is certainly good news, although it remains to be seen whether or not anything is actually done on the basis of these recommendations.

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BUT I just read an article where the Met's chief officer in this area says the top priority is coming down hard on the punters who create the sex industry (not exactly her wording).

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35 minutes ago, vivluvsme said:

BUT I just read an article where the Met's chief officer in this area says the top priority is coming down hard on the punters who create the sex industry (not exactly her wording).

I think somebody will have a word suggesting terrorism and gun crime is more important. Its time the MET either were abolished or cut down to size. Are they policing London or mugs for Sweden?

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Can I put in a word for Keith Vaz, who chaired the committee? I always used to dislike him (and there are certainly one or two dodgy things in his past), but I've watched quite a lot of tape of the proceedings (he was chairing the Home Affairs committee again the other day when Corbyn was giving evidence) and I find his manner quite admirable: properly institutional but unpompous, judicious - Parliament at its best.

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18 hours ago, Colonel Bonkers said:

Can I put in a word for Keith Vaz, who chaired the committee? I always used to dislike him (and there are certainly one or two dodgy things in his past), but I've watched quite a lot of tape of the proceedings (he was chairing the Home Affairs committee again the other day when Corbyn was giving evidence) and I find his manner quite admirable: properly institutional but unpompous, judicious - Parliament at its best.

Biggest shock is he's a Labour politician.

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