Labour MP Dame Diana Johnson is calling for the federal government to step up laws to “criminalise purchasing sex.” Johnson is the MP for Hull North and leads a group that takes on sexual exploitation. Her call comes as politicians in the UK and Romania hold an online summit today to go over and select actions to be taken in taking on human trafficking in between the 2 countries.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program, MP Johnson said guys in the UK who pay for sex are “sustaining a ruthless sex-trafficking trade that is destroying lives.” She adds that the UK has actually ended up being a “pimping paradise” and websites that target susceptible ladies should be prohibited while offering more assistance for victims.
Johnson, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation explained that three quarters of females that are trafficked into the UK come from Romania Majority of these women are then offered into the sex trade.
Although the acts of purchasing and offering sex are not illegal in England and Wales, prostitution and activities associated with it are thought about as offences. These activities are mostly connected and lead to exploitation such as controlling prostitution.
Among the particular locations of this concern that Johnson’s group desires action on are sites that are being utilized by traffickers to target ladies given the UK.
” We need to do far more. The fact is we have choices of what we could do now and one of them is to handle these pimping websites. We could handle that.”
“ Priti Patel as House Secretary could bring forward legislation to criminalise using those websites and to close them down. That is one very practical thing the federal government can do.”
Johnson recommended that the government might check out the actions Northern Ireland has taken when it criminalised spending for sex five years back. She also expressed assistance for the procedures put in location by the Office where a helpline was developed to support its numerous silent victims.