21st century feminism

Monday, 15 February 2010

Tackling Demand

Sign up here for a no. 10 petition to criminalise buying sexual acts, rather than selling them.

The 2009 Policing and Crime Act made a new offence of paying for sex with someone who is controlled for gain (sex trafficking/pimps), but this petition goes further and suggests that all who pay for sexual acts should be criminalised.

This is similar to Swedish law, which since 1999 has made it an offence to buy sex acts. For some more info have a look here or here.

The aim of criminalising the user is a direct step to decrease demand in the industry. Most women enter sex work because of abuse or difficult circumstances, their criminalisation does little to help them make real steps to get out of it.  

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