The question of whether to legalise the buying and selling of sexual services is one which has divided the Left. In January 2016 the Commons Home Affairs Committee announced it would be launching an enquiry into prostitution in the UK, and in 2014 the all party parliamentary group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade published it's report 'Shifting the Burden' following an inquiry into the current legal settlement in England and Wales.
The YF Law Network will be hosting a panel event in Parliament to discuss possible legalisation of the buying of sexual services. We will then be breaking off into breakaway groups to discuss issues in more detail. Current and former sex workers have kindly provided anonymised testimonies providing their views on whether legalisation would either help or hinder efforts to prevent sex trafficking, protect the rights and safety of those working in the sex trade, and whether they support legalisation and in what form. Those testimonies will form the backdrop of the breakaway group discussion points.
Join us on the 26th with a fantastic line up of speakers who are both pro and anti-legalisation; in order to analyse what legalisation would look like, what it's impact would be, and whether we can learn from the international context of legalisation in order to change British law on the buying and selling of sex.
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