Home Affairs Select Committee Sex Work Recommendations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2753
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A recent report of the Home Affairs Select Committee recommended that soliciting by sex workers should be decriminalised and brothel-keeping laws should allow sex workers to share premises. Do you support these recommendations?

Answer

Answer for Home Affairs Select Committee Sex Work Recommendations

Answer for Home Affairs Select Committee Sex Work Recommendations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The recommendation stated should be considered in the wider context of the report which outlines several models of tackling prostitution including the Nordic model. This seeks to criminalise purchasers of sex as opposed to those selling sex, instead offering them support and the opportunity to exit prostitution if this is wanted.

As stated by the HAS report, I too recognise that women involved in prostitution faced a range of barriers, including money, housing, a legacy of childhood violence, coercion, mental and physical health issues and problematic substance abuse.

As opposed to endorsing a single recommendation of the report, I support a strategic approach which ensures that, as citizen of this city, those involved in prostitution, like all others have equal access to help, support and opportunity.