Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill

LGBT Youth Scotland has responded in favour of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill, as the overwhelming majority of evidence clearly shows that this will act as a deterrent to those that purchase sex. The harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people is clearly evidenced in research and from our experience supporting and working with LGBT young people who sell sex, be that for money or a bed for the night.

It is important to point out that we have asked, in addition, that the Bill decriminalises the sale of sex, because we do not think anyone involved in prostitution should be criminalised. Our priority is that LGBT young people are safe, healthy and nurtured. We understand that many LGBT young people are involved in prostitution as a result of their negative experiences of bullying, abuse and discrimination. We work hard to challenge all forms of bullying, prejudice and abuse of LGBT young people.

Our response is also informed by specific research with transgender people, which found that transsexual women feel that they are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, both online and through prostitution.

We appreciate that there will be a diversity of opinions on this issue and continue to strive to listen to and be informed by the experiences of our service users and the wider LGBT population and our key stakeholders. It is our view (developed from our knowledge and understanding of the LGBT community and through the development of inclusive services) that this approach has the best chance to improve the lives of LGBT young people. 

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To download a pdf of LGBT Youth Scotland’s consultation response click here