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Apologies emailing out of the blue - we're sending this out at very short notice.

The Committee on the Policing and Crime Bill is discussing the sections on sex work on Thursday. They have received a series of emails from abolitionists in support of criminalising clients.

Please email

scrutiny@parliament.uk

and say

1 you're emailing in response to the Policing and Crime Bill regarding the Committee discussions on Thursday

2 you work in the sex industry OR you don't work in the sex industry but you care about the safety and the human rights of people who do

3 you ask them to drop section 20, which gives the police wide ranging powers to seal premises on suspicion (i.e. with no proof) that a wide of activities related to prostitution have happened or will happen. This will remove the protection of the law from many people in the indoor industry as people will not call the police if they know doing so risks closing the premises so we will suffer increased violence, robbery and rape.

4 that section 13 - criminalisation of clients - will do nothing to stop violence or trafficking, but will play into the hands of traffickers by decreasing reporting by clients of anxieties about trafficking.

If you want more information, a short briefing from the IUSW can be downloaded at

http://iusw.org/TenReasonsWithLogo.doc

also online is an 18 page briefing on the Bill, at

http://iusw.org/IUSWPolicingCrimeBillFeb09.doc

Many thanks,

Catherine

07958 020432

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done.we all need to do this,not just a few of us

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Done. Think i got a bit carried away though.;) How dare they disrupt a tax paying business. Bloody hypocrites. We (the good ladies) are needed to keep the trafficking down and report any goings on. Just licence the whole bloody business and let it run smoothly and safely.

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Also done.

Come on everyone, start tapping those keyboards.....

L

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Done! Though do they really listen to anything we say???

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Yeah and do people listen to anything THEY say?

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again and again!) these self righteous, hypocritical wankers can debate all they like, they can bring in all the legislation they like, but they will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER stop people paying for sex.

Just look how successful their drug laws have been.

No one takes drugs any more do they? ;)

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By the way, SCRUTINY won't accept anonymous submissions - they need a name (but any name will do!).

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By the way, SCRUTINY won't accept anonymous submissions - they need a name (but any name will do!).

Yes, i have just resent mine (in my real name and my real email address).

They have already responded with a 'Thanks'

L

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Copy of my email -

To whom it may concern,

I am emailing in response to the Policing and Crime Bill Committee discussion on Thursday 5th February 2009.

I am the owner of an escort agency and as such employ 40+ women in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. None of the ladies working for me have been trafficked, coerced or threatened in anyway. The ladies are all self employed and welcome to come and go as they please.

During the 6 years we have traded we have paid out taxes and on 12 occasions have been visited by the Police, who have left happy that we run a respectable business and that our staff are happy in their work. The flip side to this is that the police have benefitted from information we have willing given them due to the good working relationship we have developed.

The proposed Bill will force the industry to a darker place deep underground and on the streets where it will be impossible to police and put the girls at an even greater risk.

I would urge you strongly to reconsider the proposed Bill due the reason I have set out below -

1. Section 13? Criminalisation of clients? Will do nothing to stop violence or trafficking, but will play into the hands of traffickers by decreasing reporting by clients of anxieties about trafficking.

2. Drop section 20, which gives the police wide ranging powers to seal premises on suspicion (i.e. with no proof) that a wide of activities related to prostitution have happened or will happen. This will remove the protection of the law from many people in the indoor industry as people will not call the police if they know doing so risks closing the premises so we will suffer increased violence, robbery and rape.

3. In Milton Keynes alone the proposed law will put 50 girls immediately onto the streets to ply their trade. This will mean more policing required and an industry that was behind closed doors now very much in the public eye. Those ladies who decide to work independently will be in a concentrated area according foot fall and accessibility, thus creating a mini 'Soho' in every major and town and city in the country.

4. The effect on the economy, those ladies not wishing to enter into the price/client war of the 'market' this Bill will create will no doubt seek benefits from the government in their new found unemployment.

5. The basic Human Rights of an individual to work in a safe environment with people of their choosing. Not to be left on their own to the whims of whoever enters their home.

The government need to be forward thinking and address the real issues of trafficking. This Bill is freezing out the best source of information for the authorities to cultivate and tackle the real criminals.

Yours sincerely,

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(1) Chairmen: Sir Nicholas Winterton and Hugh Bayley

(2) Members: Mr Ian Austin, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, James Brokenshire, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dr Evan Harris, Paul Holmes, Ms Sally Keeble, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr David Ruffley, Lynda Waltho and Phil Wilson.

Just out of curiosity; what are the stances of these individuals?

I've e- mailled the North east members individually (as well as the scrutiny address) and had a rather odd reply from Campbell's office.

How many of 'em are RCs & will do what the priest tells 'em??

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(1) Chairmen: Sir Nicholas Winterton and Hugh Bayley

(2) Members: Mr Ian Austin, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, James Brokenshire, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dr Evan Harris, Paul Holmes, Ms Sally Keeble, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr David Ruffley, Lynda Waltho and Phil Wilson.

Just out of curiosity; what are the stances of these individuals?

I've e- mailled the North east members individually (as well as the scrutiny address) and had a rather odd reply from Campbell's office.

How many of 'em are RCs & will do what the priest tells 'em??

these have spoken out against during the committe hearings

Kirkbride, Miss Julie (Bromsgrove) (Con)

Dorries, Mrs. Nadine (Mid-Bedfordshire) (Con)

Waltho, Lynda (Stourbridge) (Lab)

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Yes, i have just resent mine (in my real name and my real email address).

They have already responded with a 'Thanks'

L

Yes. Us too!

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here's my reply.

Thank you for your submission to the Public Bill Committee. Your submission will be circulated to members of the Committee.

The Committee may make use of your evidence for the purpose of considering the bill, including

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hi bathbabes

you'll probably get something similar as i got a thanks first of all

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I just put my email in a little while ago. Hope it all helps xx

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I have sent an email which suggested that clause 13 to 20 be deleted from the Bill.

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