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30 March 2010
Submission from WRS to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee

Summary of White Ribbon Scotland's Position

We are strongly supportive of amendment 8 lodged by Trish Godman and urge the Justice Committee to support it. Prostitution is a form of violence against women and its continued prevalence is a result of gender inequality. Current legislation reflects this and we wish to challenge demand for prostitutes by criminalisation of the purchase of sex. This would be a positive policy shift towards tackling the issue of prostitution and with adequate support provided for women to exit prostitution as well improved education of the harm caused by prostitution we can address this exploitative practice and go some way to addressing its normalisation.


For further information please contact Callum Hendry at White Ribbon Scotland (callum@whiteribbonscotland.org.uk; 0131-313-7014)

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"Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world." Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, 2007

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