MSPS have launched an inquiry into web sites promoting prostitution amid considerations of an “epidemic” of intercourse trafficking in Scotland occurring “behind closed doorways”.
The inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on business sexual exploitation focuses on “pimping” web sites, which it courses as “business sexual exploitation”.
The web sites function freely in Scotland however group co-convener Ruth Maguire mentioned proof signifies “vastly profitable” websites are boosting organised crime.
She mentioned: “We now have launched this inquiry as a result of behind closed doorways there’s an epidemic of sexual exploitation and intercourse trafficking in Scotland.
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“Organised crime teams are luring weak girls to Scotland, typically with guarantees of a greater life, solely to ruthlessly topic them to rape and sexual assault by the small minority of males on this nation who pay for intercourse.
“Crucially, there’s rising worldwide proof that the organised crime teams and intercourse consumers who commit this abuse are getting a serious serving to hand from sexual exploitation promoting web sites.
“These are business pimping web sites the place victims of sexual exploitation are marketed to intercourse consumers.
“Proper now, vastly profitable pimping web sites function brazenly in Scotland.
“The cross-party group on business sexual exploitation will examine the function that these web sites are taking part in in fuelling sexual exploitation in Scotland and establish what motion the Scottish Authorities should take.”
The cross-party group will maintain a sequence of proof hearings earlier than publishing its findings and proposals to the Scottish Authorities.
An identical group on the UK Parliament known as for such websites to be banned in 2018 following an inquiry which concluded they have been fuelling “industrialised” intercourse trafficking.
A 12 months earlier, the US Authorities handed a legislation making it a federal felony offence to personal, handle or function a web site to advertise or facilitate the prostitution of one other individual.