An MP has backed calls for Scotland to criminalise the purchase of sex to tackle human trafficking . Ronnie Cowan, who is on the Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, said: “In modern Scotland, women should not be being bought and sold for sex.
“The correct law to follow is that we decriminalise the selling of sex and we prosecute the purchaser.” The SNP MP was speaking as a video of a fact finding mission to Sweden was released this week.
In 1999, Sweden became the first country to adopt laws tackling the demand for the sex trade, referred to as the Nordic model. Paying for sex is a crime there, punishable by a fine or up to six months in jail.
Currently here, buying and selling sex is not illegal, but “brothel keeping” and “controlling prostitution for gain” are.
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