MSP Rhoda Grant has proposed the Criminalisation Against the Purchase of Sex Bill, prompting pro and anti-prostitution campaigners across Glasgow to voice their opinions on selling sex in our city.
The street-corner stereotype of prostitutes leaning into car windows in alley ways is becoming out-dated.
Glasgow's sex trade is moving off the street, as prostitutes and their punters make use of mobiles and escort websites to discreetly arrange business elsewhere.
Behind closed doors, the city's sex industry is booming.
“The face of prostitution is changing. Years ago in Glasgow there was quite a thriving sex industry on the street,” said Linda Thompson of the Women’s Support Project.
“It’s hard to say now what’s happening in other venues.
“At one stage there was a company that offered a pick-up service at men’s work places – a lunch time quickie. A limo would arrive, pick up someone at their office and they’d have a woman in the back of the car for an hour over lunch time. A mobile brothel.”
Glasgow City Council and women's organisations across the city are now supporting a bill proposal by MSP Rhoda Grant which would seek to outlaw the purchase of sex in Scotland. This follows on from the Council's End Prostitution Now Campaign, launched in 2009.
As the law stands, selling and purchasing sex is legal in Scotland unless it is solicited in public or done through a brothel or pimp, but this could be about to change.
The revised proposal of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex Bill was launched in September and is currently in its consultation stages.
If passed, the bill would make it an offence to purchase sex in Scotland, both publicly and privately, and would criminalise the purchaser rather than the prostitute.
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