Home > News > Europe News > Prostitution Should Be Decriminalized, U.K. Panel Says • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Prostitution Should Be Decriminalized, U.K. Panel Says

Prostitution Should Be Decriminalized, U.K. Panel Says
Get XBIZ News
Jul 3, 2016 6:00 AM PDT    Text size: 

LONDON — Sex workers should no longer be charged in the U.K. for solicitation offenses, the House of Commons' Home Affairs Select Committee said in a report on Friday.

Members of Parliament on the committee further suggested that sex workers’ past convictions should be erased to make it easier for them to get jobs.

Decriminalizing prostitution in the U.K. would be a move in step with countries like Sweden, France and New Zealand, which have recently liberalized their stances.

Paying for sex is not against the law in mainland U.K. — it was made illegal in Northern Ireland last year — but activities linked to it, such as brothel-keeping and public solicitation, are banned.

Around 11 percent of British men aged 16 to 74 — or 2.3 million individuals — have paid for sex at least once in an industry that involves around 72,800 women in the U.K., the panel said.

“Treating soliciting as a criminal offense is having an adverse effect,” committee chairman Keith Vaz said in a statement. “It’s wrong that sex workers, who are predominantly women, should be penalized and stigmatized. The criminalization of sex workers should therefore end.’

The committee stressed that the power to prosecute pimps should continue, along with “zero tolerance” to criminal sex worker exploitation.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

Fraudulent Brazilian Trademark Registrations Running Rampant

Although you might not think often about protecting your trademark rights in Brazil, you need to — even if you don’t yet have a single Brazilian customer. Scammers are constantly looking for... More »

E-Stim Basics: Selling Customers on Powerboxes as Pleasure Tools

Electrosex is a commonly misunderstood pleasure practice for good reason: Most of us have negative associations with electricity; maybe we’ve been shocked after rubbing our feet across a carpeted... More »

Search Oftentimes Is Left to Chance

Adult content is frowned upon in search, whether in paid, organic or social. With the big algo updates from the past few years, Google has cleaned up search, trying to get rid of spammy and low-quality... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA

Phoenix Forum 2017

Mar 23 - Mar 26
Tempe, Arizona

EXXXOTICA Denver

Mar 31 - Apr 02
Denver, CO.
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!