Rhoda Grant MSP has submitted a Private Members Bill to the Scottish Government to make it an offence to purchase sex in Scotland. This would mean that the individual buying the sex would be prosecuted for committing an illegal act. Fundamentally, this …

Samantha Ritchie

Rhoda Grant MSP has submitted a Private Members Bill to the Scottish Government to make it an offence to purchase sex in Scotland. This would mean that the individual buying the sex would be prosecuted for committing an illegal act. Fundamentally, this bill states that “in a modern 21st century Scottish society such treatment and degradation of those who are sexually exploited should not be tolerated. Prostitution is harmful to those who are exploited and impacts negatively on society.”

The majority of prostitutes in Scotland are young women. Hence, the bill also states that;

 “75% of women in prostitution in the UK became involved when they were children, 70% spent time in care and 45% of women in prostitution report experiencing familial sexual abuse. One study found that out of 115 women involved in street prostitution 81% of them experience violence with 28% having suffered attempted rape and 22% having been raped, the same study found 48% of indoor prostitutes questioned experience violence from purchasers; another paper links problematic drug use to those involved in prostitution.”

These are reasons which force or lead women into prostitution. The cause of prostitution is the demand from men to buy sex. Women who are trafficked are arrested in Scotland for committing an illegal act. Yet, the man who is purchasing the sex is able to walk away from the brothel or sauna with no criminal charges.

 When you look at the effects of prostitution around the world the widespread epidemic of Sexually Transmitted Diseases cannot be more apparent in Africa. Men who purchase the sex in Africa carry diseases back to their wives or partners and then they too become infected. Ultimately leading to infertility among women. It is a viscous cycle which continues in Africa as legislation is not tackling the issue.

The continuous demand from men to pay for sex is continuing human trafficking, violence against women and the exploitation of women in Scotland. This bill would enable Scotland to prosecute people who demand the sex, not the exploited victim who cannot get out of the situation as they would have pimps, clients and drug dealers ensuring that they continue to be exploited. 

If you support Rhoda Grant’s private members bill I urge you to contact your local MSP’s or MP’s to support this bill. If you would like to look at this bill further click here.

 Please have a look at this video by Zero Tolerance and the Women’s Support project on the effects of prostitution in Scotland.

 

 

 

 


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