At present, soliciting in public, "kerb crawling" and brothel-keeping are illegal. The government is to decide whether to adopt the "Nordic model". Introduced two decades ago in Sweden, the policy decriminalises the sale of sex but targets the buyers of sexual services. Proponents argue that it would make Scotland less attractive to traffickers, while targeting the demand for sex work.
However, some sex-workers' groups claim the policy increases the risk of violence and le to a reliance on more dangerous customers. They argue that full decriminalisation, better financial support and workers' rights would better serve those involved in prostitution. BBC Scotland's The Nine spoke to those involved in sex work, as well as those helping women to exit the industry.
It started due to financial difficulties, illness and unemployment. She told The Nine that fide does not have a "rosy view" of prostitution and sees it as a "means of survival". She is concerned about any move to criminalise the purchase of sex. It's that or you don't have money for your bills or to put food on the table.
She is in favour of criminalising the purchase of sex and protecting those involved in prostitution - many of whom suffer poor mental health or addiction issues. She told The Nine: "We have to question and hold to the men who freely choose to buy women in the sex industry.
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Instead, she favours full decriminalisation, with wraparound support for women. She said: "It's an extremely simplistic argument and easy get-out for the government.
What women need is meaningful financial support. Service manager RoseAnn Cameron says many of the women they help suffer extreme violence.
She also said some men were so open that they treat the organisation as "a customer service", trying to get money back if they are dissatisfied. She said: "It is often said that it's a quick way to make money, but never an easy way.
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It is driven by survival behaviour. She said the consultation was intended to start prosritutes conversation on how to protect women involved in prostitution and will explore various options. Related Topics.