Get involved in our campaign to tackle prostitution. Sign our open letter to encourage the Scottish Government to protect women working in prostitution from violence.
At Restore Glasgow, we believe that prostitution is a form of violence against women. The Scottish Government also believes this, as stated in Equally Safe – its national strategy to prevent violence against women. As part of this, the Government recently consulted on how to challenge men’s demand for prostitution, reduce the harms associated with it and help women to exit. We held an online event in December 2020 with Evangelical Alliance Scotland to help churches respond to the consultation.
There were a wide range of views submitted as part of the consultation, and so we need to keep up the pressure on MSPs. We’re working with Evangelical Alliance Scotland on this and have drafted a joint letter which we are asking organisations to put their name to.
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.
Please contact us if you are part of an organisation that could put their name to the letter.
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Evangelical Alliance Scotland is encouraging their members to sign the letter too. To maximise the impact of the campaign, we would encourage you to send your own letter to your local MSP. You can find their contact details here: Current Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
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.