James Coleman, the mean minded deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, is at the forefront of the End Prostitution Now initiative, which - according to the city council - has attracted support from MSPs, fellow councillors, unions and religious
West Renfrewshire MSP Trish Godman is one of the supporters. She has now proposed legislative amendments in the Scottish Parliament as follows:
Offences of engaging in, advertising and facilitating paid-for
sexual activities (1) The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9) is amended as follows. (2) After section 11 insert— Engaging in, advertising and facilitating paid-for sexual activities
Engaging in a paid-for sexual activity
(1) A person (A) commits an offence, to be known as the offence of engaging in a paid-for sexual activity, if A knowingly engages in a paid-for sexual activity with another
(2) A sexual activity is paid for where B engages in that activity in exchange for payment.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), it is immaterial whether the payment
(a) by A or by another person, or
(b) to B or to another person on B's behalf.
11B Advertising paid-for sexual activities
A person commits an offence, to be known as the offence of advertising paid for sexual activities, if that person knowingly advertises, by any means, the availability of sexual activities that can be engaged in for payment.
11C Facilitating engagement in a paid-for sexual activity
(1) A person (A) commits an offence, to be known as the offence of facilitating engagement in a paid-for sexual activity, if
A knowingly facilitates the engagement of another person (B) in a paid-for sexual activity with another person (C).
(2) A sexual activity is paid for where C engages in that activity in exchange for payment.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), it is immaterial whether the payment is made—
(a) by A, by B or by another person, or
(b) to C or to another person on C's behalf.
(4) For the purposes of subsection (1), facilitating the engagement by B in a paid for sexual activity includes (but is not limited to)—
(a) arranging B's
engagement in the activity,
(b) making payment to C or to another person on C's behalf,
(c) making available premises in which the activity takes place, or
(d) transporting B, or arranging transport for B, to where the activity takes place
Update: Who is Behind the End Prostitution Now campaign?
28th February 2010. From Melanie-H on the Melon
This amendment criminalises all selling and buying of sexual services. Prostitution definitely but if Councillor Jim Coleman gets his way could apply to strip clubs, peep shows, lap dancing.
All Saunas and Agencies would be
illegal. No advertisements in any paper, or Internet. (The Sport advertisements would be illegal, only foreign websites would work, adult-work maybe, but punter link would stop). Escort sites would have to be hosted offshore.
No doubts the End
Prostitution Now propaganda tool will have a major influence on the outcome.
From their website www.endprostitutionnow.org
End Prostitution Now is a campaign led by Glasgow City Council which aims to raise awareness of the harm caused through prostitution and put the focus on the buyers of sex - the DEMAND - who have in the past been invisible from public debate.
But Glasgow Council seem to be denying that they are running it
There are no references to this campaign in the most recent annual Company report of the Glasgow Community and Safety Services Limited Company and even
stranger when Glasgow City Council were approached under the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland 2002).
See article from
Dear Glasgow Council
Please could provide me with the following information,
regarding the political campaign initiated by Glasgow City Council to change Scotland's laws regarding prostitution:
a) The cost to the Glasgow taxpayer of your 'End Prostitution Now' political campaign and associated
b) Any additional funding or assistance received from other sources towards the End Prostitution Now' political campaign and associated activities.
c) Details of the
number of people employed by Glasgow City Council working on this political campaign and associated activities, and of any other persons involved in this Glasgow City Council political campaign and associated activities not employed by the council.
d) Minutes of the meeting at which funding and approval for this political campaign and its associated activities was given.
e) Copies of any communication, or details and minutes of
any meetings, between Glasgow City Council employees and outside campaign groups, campaigners, or politicians regarding the setting up or operation of this political campaign.
f) Brief details of any other political
campaigns currently or recently being run by Glasgow City Council.
Glasgow Council replied:
The Council is treating your request as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
On inspecting our records, it would appear that Glasgow City Council does not hold the information which you have requested. Neither does anyone else hold it on our behalf. Accordingly we are unable to comply
with your request.
I can confirm that Glasgow City Council does not run political campaigns.