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    Default Scottish sex Workers group excluded from Scottish parliament. Democracy in action.

    What's the best way to ignore the facts? Simple -- just exclude the people who present them. That's the latest brilliant idea by MSP Rhoda Grant, who is gamely having another go at criminalising Scottish sex buyers.

    Good for you Rhoda -- stick your fingers in your ears and that annoying thing called the truth will just go away.

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    ''A GROUP that represents sex workers has complained it is being excluded from a Scottish Parliament meeting to discuss legal moves to criminalise people who pay for sex.

    Scot-Pep says it has been barred from today's meeting despite having been previously invited to give input into the debate.

    The charity opposes a proposal by Labour's Rhoda Grant to make it an offence to pay for sex, which the MSP says will reduce the demand for prostitution.

    Laws already apply in Scotland to soliciting and loitering, such as kerb crawling. An attempt to fast-track The Purchase Of Sex Bill was rejected at Holyrood in 2012 and it was put to consultation.

    Ms Grant says the meeting is for those who support the principles of the proposed legislation and she is happy to meet the group separately.

    Scot-Pep says criminalising those who pay for sex hampers sex workers' ability to screen clients for their own safety. It says the introduction of similar legislation in Sweden has been associated with "significant additional levels of violence" against sex workers.

    It fears the proposed Bill will have a better chance of succeeding without the input of the late Margo MacDonald MSP, who campaigned for sex workers' rights.

    Scot-Pep board member Neil McCulloch said: "Disastrous as this legislation would prove in Scotland, we nevertheless sought to play a constructive role in discussions and are shocked to have been excluded entirely.

    "Would you have a meeting to discuss whether to legislate supposedly to help any other marginalised group and yet explicitly bar them and their representatives from the discussion?

    "It can't be right for a politician to try to work in this way without even wanting to hear the voices of the people most directly affected."

    Ms Grant said: "The planned meeting is for those who support the principles of criminalising the purchase of sex and as Scot-Pep has publicly stated its opposition to this its inclusion would not be appropriate at this time. I would be happy to meet its officials separately."

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/h...-bill.24889615
    Last edited by Davidontour; 30-07-14 at 01:55.
    2014 in Northern Ireland:

    Number of reported attacks on sex workers 70

    Number of sex trafficking cases ZERO

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    Grant (Fake Socialist party) who has never been directly elected to the Scottish Parliament, comes from literally the arse hole of Scotland and has never spoken on any issue except this and who was the brains behind the last effort was bound to try again! The problems with frothing at the mouth gobshites supporting this insanity is that they know they only have to get lucky once and then if it's passed, such a law will be extremely difficult to repeal!
    Last time out it lost because of Liberal and Green party opposition and some Conservatives, The SNP were politicing as it would be seen as a Fake Socialist Party (eg The Scottish Labour Party, who are the FF equivalent there!) victory! It also lost out as Scottish sex workers are organised and got people to listen!
    The SNP are not reliable on this issue at all! And if it ever gets passed, it has failed several times, the pressure on England and Wales to follow suit will be immense!
    The same tactics will be tried again in France, now that it has been rejected!
    Ride them on the beaches!

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