House Secretary Priti Patel has been urged to crack down on “pimping web sites”, which a senior Labour MP has described as a nationwide scandal.
Dame Diana Johnson referred to as on the minister to convey ahead laws to criminalise using such web sites and to shut them down.
The MP for Hull North mentioned a “important” variety of ladies are being trafficked from Romania, resulting in an internet summit on Monday for involved politicians and policymakers to get collectively to attempt to deal with the difficulty.
The chairwoman of the All-Get together Parliamentary Group on Business Sexual Exploitation informed BBC Radio 4’s In the present day programme: “We produced a report in 2018 the place we set out that though most males will not be paying for intercourse, those who do are fuelling a brutal intercourse trafficking commerce that’s destroying lives.”
Dame Diana spoke about poverty and ladies being coerced into trafficking by way of males befriending ladies.
She mentioned: “One of many apparent issues to do is to criminalise the paying, the demand for intercourse, for paying for intercourse while you decriminalise for the victims and also you give them help and likewise you cope with this downside of those pimping web sites that are bringing collectively promoting in an easy method.
“So males can entry ladies within the areas that they dwell in and that signifies that the intense organised crime teams which can be working this commerce can transfer ladies between resort rooms and brothels throughout the nation.
“This can be a commerce, it’s a enterprise mannequin that we’re eager to deal with.”
Requested in regards to the trendy slavery helpline, she mentioned campaigners are “supportive of all of the measures which have been put in place thus far however we have to do far more”.
She mentioned: “The very fact is that we’ve got choices of what we may do now and certainly one of them is to cope with these pimping web sites.
“We may cope with that, Priti Patel as dwelling secretary may convey ahead laws to criminalise using these web sites and to shut them down.”
Dame Diana referred to measures in Northern Eire, including: “We may undertake the mannequin there the place you … criminalise the demand for getting intercourse and also you decriminalise for the victims.
“These are the important thing issues that we consider ought to occur to begin to deal with this commerce in human distress and this abuse of girls who’re being raped and sexually assaulted in brothels and resort rooms throughout the nation.”