Research-to-Action

New evidence devastates government sex workers laws

Politics UK
Thursday, August 13, 2009

New evidence has been published which fundamentally undermines the government's arguments in favour of criminalising those who pay for sex. 

The research comes from Vancouver and was conducted by the University of British Columbia. It found a direct correlation between criminalisation and increased violence against sex workers.

The research is highly problematic for the government, which intends to create a new offence of paying for sex with someone who is controlled for gain and introduce new powers to close brothels in the upcoming policing and crime bill.