Home Affairs Committee

In 2016, the Home Affairs Select Committee (a cross-party committee of MPs) recommended that the law be changed “so that soliciting [a charge used against street-based sex workers] is no longer an offence and so that brothel-keeping provisions allow sex workers to share premises”. Crucially the Committee also called for a law to delete “previous convictions and cautions for prostitution from the record of sex workers”. The ECP statement gave credit for this victory to the international movement for decriminalisation spearheaded by grassroots sex workers over 40 years.

Read ECP’s full submission to the initial inquiry here