Prostitution inquiry launched

15 January 2016

The Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the way prostitution is treated in legislation. In particular, the inquiry assesses whether the balance in the burden of criminality should shift to those who pay for sex rather than those who sell it.

Terms of Reference

Written submissions are invited on the following issues:

  • Whether criminal sanction in relation to prostitution should continue to fall more heavily on those who sell sex, rather than those who buy it.
  • What the implications are for prostitution-related offences of the Crown Prosecution Service's recognition of prostitution as violence against women.
  • 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.
  • 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

Submitting written evidence

Written submissions for this inquiry should be submitted online by midday on Thursday 18 February 2016.

Further information

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