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MSP Kate Forbes urges Highlanders to engage with Scottish Government consultation on prostitution


By Hector MacKenzie

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A ROSS-SHIRE MSP is calling on Highlanders to respond to a new Scottish Government consultation on prostitution.

Dingwall-based MSP Kate Forbes says the consultation is seeking to challenge men’s demand for prostitution and works to reduce the harms associated with prostitution and to support women to get out of it.

The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency MSP said she believed it was an opportunity for people to show “the kind of Scotland we want to see, and how we value the women that often exist below the radar without support, care or protection”.

The Scottish Government has today launched a consultation seeking views on the subject, with a deadline of December 10, 2020.

Miss Forbes said: “Prostitution has a profound impact on the individuals involved, with the reality of the industry being far-removed from portrayals in the media. The harm done to women, through violence, rape and addiction, must be recognised.

“That is why I am pleased to see Ash Denham, Minister for Community Safety, launch this consultation.

“Change will require a cultural shift as much as anything else, and it is good to see strong cross-party support.

“I strongly encourage people to respond to this consultation and share their views. This is about the kind of Scotland we want to see, and how we value the women that often exist below the radar without support, care or protection.”

The Scottish Government consultation paper can be seen here.

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