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Prostitution-Specific Criminal Records

EDM number 792 in 2017-19, proposed by Naseem Shah on 15/01/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Crime and Sexual offences.

That this House notes recent public and parliamentary scrutiny of the effect of criminal records on people, particularly on women, whose offences derive from having been prostituted; agrees that many of those involved in prostitution did not freely choose prostitution but felt coerced by their circumstances; acknowledges that offences relating to prostitution severely limit opportunities for employment, volunteering and other social or community activities; further acknowledges the negative psychological effects associated with both the persistence of such criminal labelling and an inability to participate in normal social activities; believes that people who are often the victims of exploitation should not themselves be considered a threat to society and stigmatised in this way; and calls on the Government urgently to address this injustice so that existing records are expunged and those involved in prostitution are helped to exit and rebuild their lives.

This motion has been signed by a total of 19 MPs.

Naseem Shah15/01/2018Bradford WestLabourProposed
Harriet Harman15/01/2018Camberwell and PeckhamLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon16/01/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Alison Thewliss16/01/2018Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Cunningham16/01/2018Coventry SouthLabourSeconded
Caroline Lucas16/01/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins17/01/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Thelma Walker17/01/2018Colne ValleyLabourSigned
Chris Law17/01/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Sandy Martin19/01/2018IpswichLabourSigned
Fiona Bruce22/01/2018CongletonConservativeSigned
Christine Jardine23/01/2018Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Rupa Huq24/01/2018Ealing Central and ActonLabourSigned
Carol Monaghan24/01/2018Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
Ruth George24/01/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff25/01/2018Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Hugh Gaffney05/02/2018Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Paul Girvan22/02/2018South AntrimDUPSigned
Mark Hendrick05/03/2018PrestonLabourSigned

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