Home Affairs Select Committee launches inquiry

End Demand welcomes the announcement by Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee that it is conducting an inquiry into prostitution laws.

The inquiry’s terms of reference are:

1. Whether criminal sanction in relation to prostitution should continue to fall more heavily on those who sell sex, rather than those who buy it.
2. What the implications are for prostitution-related offences of the Crown Prosecution Service’s recognition of prostitution as violence against women.
3. What impact the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has had to date on trafficking for purposes of prostitution, what further action is planned, and how effectively the impact is being measured.
4. Whether further measures are necessary, including legal reforms, to:

  • Assist those involved in prostitution to exit from it
  • Increase the extent to which exploiters are held to account
  • Discourage demand which drives commercial sexual exploitation

 

End Demand will be calling for the burden of criminality to be lifted off those who sell sex and placed on those who drive demand for commercial sexual exploitation: the sex buyers.

The deadline for submissions to the inquiry is 18 February 2016. Further details here.