Labour attempt at private members bill to criminalise purchase of sex under 21 years old

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




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2 Responses to “Labour attempt at private members bill to criminalise purchase of sex under 21 years old”

  1. peter schevtschenko says:

    i see that louise ellman is on the bill,owen oyston helped her financially to become an mp,louise went to visit owen oyston in prison when he was convicted of raping a 16 yr old.

    john mann replaced joe ashton mp when he retired,joe ashton was caught up in a brothel raid whilst he was a serving labour m.p. the brothel in question had been using illegal thai immigrants

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