A Scottish Model of Legislation on Prostitution

The following motion was presented and successfully passed at SNP Conference in March 2017. It was proposed by Ash Denham MSP and seconded by Fiona Broadfoot.:

A Scottish Model of Legislation On Prostitution

prostitution-is-violence-against-womenConference agrees with the Scottish Government’s NHS guidelines on Commercial Sexual Exploitation which outlines the harmful effects on prostituted women; that a majority suffer high levels of physical violence, rape and post traumatic stress; that there is a significant effect on mental health; and that there is a significant link with drug abuse. Conference further acknowledges that in countries where prostitution is legalised there is an associated increase in human trafficking, child prostitution and other forms of criminality. Conference recognises the successful legislative approach to prostitution pioneered i Sweden over the last sixteen years, also now adopted in Norway, Finland, Iceland and more recently in Canada, Northern Ireland and France, which focuses on reducing demand for commercial sexual exploitation. Conference therefore supports the development of a Scottish model of legislation that (1) decriminalises the sale of sex, (2) criminalises the purchase of sex and (3) offers appropriate support for those wishing to exit commercial sexual exploitation. Conference further agrees that such actions are in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe strategy regarding violence against women and in particular that commercial sexual exploitation, including prostitution and human trafficking, is a form of violence against women.
Supported by:
Haddington Branch
Glasgow Shettleston Branch
Ash Denham MSP
John Mason MSP
Kate Forbes MSP
George Kerevan MP
Philippa Whitford MP
Joan McAlpine MSP 
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