John Mann is attempting to bring in a private members bill to criminalise purchase of sex from under 21 years olds. The present limit is 18, though John Mann seems to think it is 16.
There is an important debate to be held on the rights and wrongs of prostitution and the laws that should have an impact on it, by my Bill does not deal with that. My Bill does one thing: it raises the threshold for the illegality of paying for sex. Of course there is a threshold, which is currently 16. Where someone is under 16, the huge consequences of the criminal law and imprisonment are involved because of the age of consent. But the moment the victim becomes older than 16 there are no punitive powers to deal with the person who is paying.
John Mann needs to get his facts straight before attempting this bill. Secondly raising the age from 18 to 21. Why? At 18 you can go to Afghanistan and fight and be killed, so why should an 18 year old be protected from making their own decision on sex work when they can make pretty well all other major decisions in life.
The names on the bill:
John Mann, Fiona Mactaggart, Natascha Engel, Mrs Louise Ellman, Gavin Shuker and Siobhain McDonagh