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New Sentence for Soliciting

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Did anyone pick up on a bit in the papers the other day about a change coming into force for the sentences available for soliciting convictions ? From 1st April, girls convicted of soliciting can be required to attend programmes to show them how they can get out of sex work. Presumably these will be along the lines of the anti-drink programmes that people convicted in the states of DUI offenses. Is this a good idea ? Next up programmes for punters to show them the evils of their hobby ?

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Did anyone pick up on a bit in the papers the other day about a change coming into force for the sentences available for soliciting convictions ? From 1st April, girls convicted of soliciting can be required to attend programmes to show them how they can get out of sex work. Presumably these will be along the lines of the anti-drink programmes that people convicted in the states of DUI offenses. Is this a good idea ? Next up programmes for punters to show them the evils of their hobby ?

that is for street WGs only

Next up programmes for punters to show them the evils of their hobby ?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/27/tennessee.john.school/index.html

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I can think of a few solicitors who need a correction program

Money grabbing useless twats.

well some of em anyway.

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This is what the UKNSWP has to say about this new "rehabilitation as punishment" power. Like the rest of the clauses in the Policing and Crime Act, they're being rushed into force before the election, kicking in on 1st April.

"Section 17 amends section 1 of the 1959 Act to introduce a new penalty for those convicted of loitering or soliciting for the purpose of prostitution, allowing the court to make a rehabilative order instead of imposing a fine or any other penalty. The order will require the offender to attend a series of three meetings with a named supervisor or another person directed by the supervisor. The purpose of the order is to assist the offender, through attendance at those meetings, to address the causes of their involvement in street prostitution and to find ways of ending that involvement."

The government have repeatedly made clear they will offer no additional funding for this legally enforced "support". Both the UKNSWP and NAPO, the most likely providers of staff for the meetings, have opposed these orders as at best a waste of public funds.

Enabling someone to "exit" street sex work, who is possibly struggling with problems which may include drug and alcohol dependency, mental health problems, a history of social exclusion etc. requires specialist, flexible, well-funded and long-term support: three meetings are insufficient.

Compulsory rehabilitation will erode trust in support services as they are seen as part of the criminal justice system and punishment process. In the absence of realistic additional funds, this work will be done at the expense of those engaging with services voluntarily.

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