A Christian charity is looking on the Scottish authorities to observe different international locations in criminalising the acquisition of intercourse.
CARE for Scotland is urging the Scottish authorities to push forward with laws that may goal the demand facet.
It accused the Scottish authorities of “dragging its heels on the difficulty” and mentioned it ought to observe the optimistic instance of different international locations like Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Canada which have already launched related legal guidelines penalising intercourse consumers.
The problem was debated within the Scottish Parliament final week however CARE’s Scotland coverage officer, Michael Veitch, expressed frustration on the lack of progress being made.
He mentioned that the Scottish authorities ought to pay attention to the “optimistic impression” of intercourse consumers’ legal guidelines in different international locations the place criminalising the acquisition of intercourse whereas additionally mandating assist for ladies who need to go away prostitution behind “ensures a deterrent to exploitation and assist for the exploited”.
“We be aware the Scottish Government’s earlier recognition that prostitution is a type of ‘violence in opposition to ladies’ and pledge to develop a tailor-made Scottish mannequin to sort out prostitution, and but this type of gender-based violence stays authorized in Scotland at the moment – a state of affairs that must be unthinkable,” he mentioned.
“It is previous time the Scottish Government made progress.
“The connection between the so-called ‘intercourse commerce’ and fashionable slavery is past doubt. Commercial sexual exploitation is intently linked to human trafficking and exploitation.
“Claims by some that prostitution causes no hurt to ladies have additionally been discovered to be an phantasm. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe has been clear on this regard.
“To problem trafficking and business sexual exploitation, we should always make it a legal offence to buy sexual companies and be certain that programmes are in place to assist ladies to exit prostitution. An identical method has been adopted by Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel, and in Northern Ireland. Scotland should observe their lead.”