Thank you to all the churches and charities that signed our joint letter with Evangelical Alliance Scotland! The signed letter has now been delivered to MSPs, with some asking to meet with ourselves and Evangelical Alliance (EA) Scotland to discuss it further.
And we’re keeping up the pressure on MSPs to introduce legislation to tackle prostitution and protect women who have been trafficked into sexual exploitation; reduce the demand; and support them to leave prostitution. Along with Evangelical Alliance Scotland we were outside the Parliament this week to highlight our campaign, and are very grateful to Rhoda Grant MSP for joining us.
To recap – we agree with the Scottish Government that prostitution is a form of violence against women. We are calling on the Scottish Government to:
- Criminalise the purchase of sex while decriminalising the selling of sex,
- Provide support and exiting services for those involved in prostitution,
- Implement public education and messaging around the prospective law, helping to make the connection between the purchasing of sexual services and violence against women and girls,
- Specific criminalisation of online pimping.
We believe these measures would help protect women in Scotland from sexual exploitation, including those who have been trafficked into sexual exploitation.
Help us keep up the pressure and send your own letter to your local MSP. You can find their contact details here: Current Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
Read our joint letter here if you would like to use it as a guide.
You can find out more about these issues on the Model for Scotland website – a coalition of survivors and charities calling for similar changes to the law.