To the House of Commons,
The Petition of the undersigned, declares that the current laws on Prostitution in the UK are outdated for the twenty first century. The problems with trafficking in the UK demonstrate how the current laws do not assist in reducing prostitution nor do they help to protect vulnerable women who have been coerced or in many instances forced into prostitution. Although slavery was abolished in the UK almost 200 years ago, slavery still exists for many women in prostitution in the UK. We believe that serious action is now needed to combat this horrific human rights abuse.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons reviews the current laws on the supply of sex and prostitution. The undersigned request that new laws are introduced following the bold stance taken by the Swedish government in 1999 which made the demand, rather than the supply illegal. We believe that prostitution is inherently an abuse of women and does not exist to allow women freedom of choice, but is a symptom of the lack of choice for many women. We believe that prostitution will only be reduced in the UK if the demand for prostitutes is tackled in a thorough and comprehensive manner.
Sponsored by people in the UK who want to alleviate the suffering of trafficked women around the world.
See the website www.prostitutionreform.co.uk for background on why reform is fundamental in helping to combat sexual slavery.
For details on the extent of trafficking in the UK please see www.poppyproject.org.uk
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