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International Insights, A Model for Scotland

  • Submitted by: Ruth Maguire, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 30 November 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-11509
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 18 January 2024

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, International Insights, by A Model For Scotland, which is a campaign group for progressive prostitution law reform; considers that the report highlights important findings related to what Scotland can learn from international efforts to combat commercial sexual exploitation; further considers that, whilst the Scottish Government recognises prostitution as a form of violence against women, and has committed to develop a model for Scotland to challenge men’s demand for prostitution, it is currently legal in Scotland to perpetrate and profit from prostitution, and that victims receive sanctions rather than support, including in the Cunninghame South constituency; believes that Scotland’s approach to tackling sex trafficking and sexual exploitation can build on the experiences and learning of other countries, and notes the view that Scotland must join the growing number of countries taking action to combat commercial sexual exploitation by ensuring that the new model for Scotland criminalises paying for sex, decriminalises and provides support to women involved in the sex trade and holds pimping websites accountable.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Stephanie Callaghan, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Rhoda Grant, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Carol Mochan, Ash Regan, Michelle Thomson, Tess White