Sweden's nasty injustice minister, Beatrice Ask, wants families to know if their husbands or fathers are suspected of buying sex.
It is a little like being shamed on the town square, the government minister said in at a seminar on
Ask made her controversial statements at a parliament seminar on prostitution on saying that a sex-buyer's family and friends should be informed: I could imagine having envelopes in a very garish colour and sending them home to people
suspected of this offence. I think that the worst thing which can happen to many of them who are out there buying sex, is that someone in their circles finds out about it.
Speaking to the Aftonbladet tabloid Ask conceded that the garish
envelope idea was perhaps not the best idea in practice, but defended the idea in principle: In practice maybe we can't have coloured envelopes, but we have to show who they are and let those around them know, she said to the newspaper.
now plans to discuss the idea with her colleagues.
Scot-PEP is generally against any proposal which will make sex work more dangerous (which is most of them), Glasgow City Council will no doubt support the BAN EVERYTHING NOW, AND WHO CARES ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES approach, and I don't
know what line ACPOS will take.
As previously reported, the mean minded Labour MSP Trish Godman is using a series of amendments to attempt to make it a criminal offence to engage in, advertise or facilitate paid-for sexual activity.
independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald, suggest to make the buying and selling of sex an offence only where it causes alarm or nuisance to another person.
Men seeking out paid-for sex on the street can now be arrested on their first offence with nasty new measures to tackle the demand for prostitution, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced to coincide with International Women's Day.
of laws to protect vulnerable women by reducing the demand for prostitution, including the police no longer having to show kerb-crawlers are persistent before arresting them, will come into effect on 1 April.
A new poster campaign was also
launched today, warning of the criminal penalties involved in paying for sex with someone who has been exploited.
Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: We are determined to tackle the demand for prostitution and provide help for those who
wish to leave prostitution.
Prostitution measures introduced from 1 April include:
a new strict liability offence that will make it illegal to pay for sexual services with a prostitute who is subject to exploitative conduct, which includes force, deception or threats. It will no longer be an excuse to say I did not know and
men who ignore this risk a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.
giving courts the power to close down premises associated with certain prostitution and pornography offences. Currently there is little to stop such premises continuing to operate even when they have been raided by the police.
penalty for the offence of loitering or soliciting for the purposes of prostitution. The penalty will include a requirement for women to attend meetings to address the causes of their involvement and is supposedly designed to help them to leave street
prostitution, it can be used by courts instead of a fine.
changing the law to amend the term common prostitute as this term is outdated and offensive.
Following the recent resignation of Steven Purcell due to ill health, Councillor Jim Coleman is now the acting leader of Glasgow City Council - highly likely he now believes it was an 'act of God' and the 'crusade' to rid Scotland of any sexual
pleasure/titilation must continue.
Scottish Parliament's 'Justice' Committee is calling for evidence on Trish Godman`s attempt to ban all 'paid-for sexual activity' (among other things).
Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill - call for written evidence on Stage 2 amendments
The Justice Committee has agreed to take evidence at Stage 2 on some of the amendments lodged for Stage 2 which it considers raise significant new issues that were not considered during the Committee's Stage 1 inquiry.
Amendment 8 (lodged by Trish Godman) proposes changes to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 to create three new offences – engaging in a paid-for sexual activity, advertising paid-for
sexual activities, and facilitating engagement in a paid-for sexual activity, all to be subject, on summary conviction, to a fine of up to £1,000.
Amendments to amendment 8 (8A-8D, lodged by Margo Macdonald)
propose the addition of two further offences – causing alarm etc. by engaging in a paid-for sexual activity and profiting from coerced paid-for sexual activities – subject to the same penalties.
These amendments are
grouped for debate with consequential amendments 9 and 9A, which specify which of the new offences are to be classed as “exploitation offences” for the purposes of the Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004.
The Committee plans to take oral evidence on all three topics at its meeting on Tuesday 23 March.
Formal proceedings on the amendments will not
take place until the oral evidence has been heard.
The Committee would welcome written
The closing date for written submissions is Wednesday 17 March (to enable all submissions to be circulated in advance of the 23 March meeting).
Submissions should not normally exceed four sides of A4. The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically in MS Word format. These should be sent to:
James Coleman, the mean minded deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, is at the forefront of the End Prostitution Now initiative, which - according to the city council - has attracted support from MSPs, fellow councillors, unions and religious
West Renfrewshire MSP Trish Godman is one of the supporters. She has now proposed legislative amendments in the Scottish Parliament as follows:
Offences of engaging in, advertising and facilitating paid-for
sexual activities (1) The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9) is amended as follows. (2) After section 11 insert— Engaging in, advertising and facilitating paid-for sexual activities
Engaging in a paid-for sexual activity
(1) A person (A) commits an offence, to be known as the offence of engaging in a paid-for sexual activity, if A knowingly engages in a paid-for sexual activity with another
(2) A sexual activity is paid for where B engages in that activity in exchange for payment.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), it is immaterial whether the payment
(a) by A or by another person, or (b) to B or to another person on B's behalf.
11B Advertising paid-for sexual activities
A person commits an offence, to be known as the offence of advertising paid for sexual activities, if that person knowingly advertises, by any means, the availability of sexual activities that can be engaged in for payment.
11C Facilitating engagement in a paid-for sexual activity
(1) A person (A) commits an offence, to be known as the offence of facilitating engagement in a paid-for sexual activity, if
A knowingly facilitates the engagement of another person (B) in a paid-for sexual activity with another person (C).
(2) A sexual activity is paid for where C engages in that activity in exchange for payment.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), it is immaterial whether the payment is made—
(a) by A, by B or by another person, or (b) to C or to another person on C's behalf.
(4) For the purposes of subsection (1), facilitating the engagement by B in a paid for sexual activity includes (but is not limited to)—
(a) arranging B's
engagement in the activity, (b) making payment to C or to another person on C's behalf, (c) making available premises in which the activity takes place, or (d) transporting B, or arranging transport for B, to where the activity takes place
Update: Who is Behind the End Prostitution Now campaign?
28th February 2010. From Melanie-H on the Melon
This amendment criminalises all selling and buying of sexual services. Prostitution definitely but if Councillor Jim Coleman gets his way could apply to strip clubs, peep shows, lap dancing.
All Saunas and Agencies would be
illegal. No advertisements in any paper, or Internet. (The Sport advertisements would be illegal, only foreign websites would work, adult-work maybe, but punter link would stop). Escort sites would have to be hosted offshore.
No doubts the End
Prostitution Now propaganda tool will have a major influence on the outcome.
End Prostitution Now is a campaign led by Glasgow City Council which aims to raise awareness of the harm caused through prostitution and put the focus on the buyers of sex - the DEMAND - who have in the past been invisible from public debate.
But Glasgow Council seem to be denying that they are running it
There are no references to this campaign in the most recent annual Company report of the Glasgow Community and Safety Services Limited Company and even
stranger when Glasgow City Council were approached under the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland 2002).
Please could provide me with the following information,
regarding the political campaign initiated by Glasgow City Council to change Scotland's laws regarding prostitution:
a) The cost to the Glasgow taxpayer of your 'End Prostitution Now' political campaign and associated
b) Any additional funding or assistance received from other sources towards the End Prostitution Now' political campaign and associated activities.
c) Details of the
number of people employed by Glasgow City Council working on this political campaign and associated activities, and of any other persons involved in this Glasgow City Council political campaign and associated activities not employed by the council.
d) Minutes of the meeting at which funding and approval for this political campaign and its associated activities was given.
e) Copies of any communication, or details and minutes of
any meetings, between Glasgow City Council employees and outside campaign groups, campaigners, or politicians regarding the setting up or operation of this political campaign.
f) Brief details of any other political
campaigns currently or recently being run by Glasgow City Council.
Glasgow Council replied:
The Council is treating your request as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
On inspecting our records, it would appear that Glasgow City Council does not hold the information which you have requested. Neither does anyone else hold it on our behalf. Accordingly we are unable to comply
with your request.
I can confirm that Glasgow City Council does not run political campaigns.
Delegates at the Unison women's conference voted overwhelmingly to support the decriminalisation of prostitutes and criminalisation of the buyers of sex.
They backed the so-called Nordic model which also includes practical and financial support to
give prostitutes the confidence and job skills needed to escape the industry.
The approach has been adopted by Sweden, Norway and Iceland - countries that top the global charts in terms of gender 'equality'.
Conference welcomed government
legislation to criminalise the buying of sex acts contained in the Policing and Crime Bill, labelling it an important step towards tackling sex trafficking and prostitution. The law is due to take effect on April 1. But delegates argued that the changes
did not go far enough.
National women's committee speaker Cath Elliot rejected arguments that decriminalising the whole industry and treating prostitution as any other job would protect women from violence.
Delegates called on Unison
to support the Demand Change! campaign by urging its parliamentary group of MPs to actively lobby for the Nordic model.
Conference also voted to take the Demand Change! motion to Unison's national conference in Bournemouth this summer. It's
time for our male members to take a stand on this issue, Elliot said.
The truth is that what actually happens during moralistic periods is virtually the same as what goes on in more liberal times; what differs is the lack of openness about people's behaviour and the hidden nature of any harmful consequences. In moralistic
periods, sin, crime and vice get pushed so far under the carpet that moralisers, believing (rather as children do) that what they cannot see does not exist, feel great self-satisfaction. The honesty of more liberal times, and the fact that everyone can
then see harm when it occurs, affronts the moralisers; and they hasten to force it back into darkness.
This is exactly what is happening now. The most obvious example is the profoundly mistaken proposal to further criminalise the sex trade in
Scotland, by making the purchase of sexual services a crime. Already in England it is a crime for anyone to buy the services of a person trafficked into sex work, whether or not the client knows that the individual is a victim of coercion.
Advertisements for massage parlours and escort agencies are to be banned in the next government assault on the sex industry.
Ministers plan to disrupt the sex industry by banning newspaper advertisements for prostitutes and brothels
in a new law put forward in Labour's election manifesto. Failure to comply with the law could carry a £10,000 fine.
The clampdown is being led by Vera Baird, the solicitor-general, and Harriet Harman, the equality minister.
concerned that a request to remove the adverts has had only partial success. Although The Newspaper Society succeeded in persuading some newspaper groups to stop carrying them, ministers are concerned that many others have failed to do so.
Crown Prosecution Service has already studied a similar law in Ireland and concluded that it would work in the UK.
The new law would also inform publishers which kind of ads will be banned by defining, for example, the difference between a massage
parlour which is actually a brothel and spas offering therapeutic massages.
Sex phone lines, carried in many tabloid newspapers, would not be caught by the law unless they are a front for arranging prostitution.
It would also make it a
criminal offence to print or distribute telephone-box cards advertising prostitutes. Under the current law, it is an offence only to be caught in the act of posting such a card.
Baird said: It is now appropriate to move against people who make
money from advertising prostitutes. The Newspaper Society tightened its guidance on taking such ads but there is still a market that we now have to look to legislation to disrupt.
An attempt to prosecute a man for asking a woman for sex in a Nottingham red light district was slammed as reprehensible by a High Court Judge
The case, from July 2008, had been thrown out by magistrates previously, but prosecutors tried to
A police sting operation took place after complaints from Mapperley residents about the impact of prostitution in the area. A police officer posed as Sarah , a prostitute, and agreed a price for sex with the man after he
The man was arrested but magistrates cleared him of any offence, ruling he had done nothing wrong.
But the Director of Public Prosecutions tried to re-open the case in the High Court.
However, Lord Justice Elias said
the attempt was quite hopeless and upheld the ruling a single incident of asking a woman for sex in a known red light district could not amount to a nuisance.
He added a single, otherwise lawful, act does not become a criminal
offence just because other people are carrying out similar, otherwise lawful, activity in the same area.
Observing prosecuting authorities were using wholly artificial concepts to criminalise lawful conduct which they considered to
be reprehensible , Lord Justice Elias urged all courts to have no truck with it .
Offences of engaging in, advertising and facilitating paid-for sexual activities (1) The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9) is amended as
follows. (2) After section 11 insert—
18 Swedish soldiers who bought sex in a brothel while on military exercise in Germany last August have escaped punishment.
Sweden's prostitution law, like Norway, makes it illegal to buy sex but not to sell it, with the prostitute seen as a
victim. However unlike Norway, Sweden's law doesn't stretch to forbidding sex with a prostitute abroad, while prostitution is legal in Germany.
Following an investigation by the Swedish armed forces, it was explained the troops can neither be
charged or face disciplinary measures.
The 18 soldiers from K3 platoon in Karlsborg were in Germany for a joint exercise with German soldiers. They had a few days free time after the exercise was finished and it was then that they visited the
Investigator Gunnar Jonason told Swedish public service radio Ekot that they couldn't be charged because buying sex in germany was not illegal and because the men were using their own free time then they couldn't face disciplinary
measures from the army.
We obviously think that it feels very wrong not to do something, because we have very clear values in the armed forces., Jonason told Ekot.
Offences of engaging in, advertising and facilitating paid-for sexual
activities (1) The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9) is amended as follows. (2) After section 11 insert—