Target:
The Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street; Home Secretary
Region:
United Kingdom
Website:
www.purpleteardrop.org.uk

A 2010 study (ACPO) estimated over 11,000 trafficked and vulnerable women are prostituted in England & Wales, many brought to the UK under false pretences,but increasingly perpetrators find their vulnerable victims on the streets of the UK. In 2016, 25% of all reported potential trafficking victims in the UK were victims of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation includes but is not limited to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, forced prostitution and the grooming and abuse of children for sex and the production of child abuse images/videos.

Many women are forced into prostitution by sex traffickers. Victims of forced prostitution earn huge tax-free profits for the people who control them.

Fraud, deception and violence pull vulnerable women and children into the sex trade where they endure appalling conditions – this is not their free choice.

Sex of all kinds is readily available to view and purchase on the internet, through ads in newspapers, magazines, massage parlours, lap-dancing clubs, shops, toilets, even telephone boxes.

Sex advertising increases the demand for prostitution and fuels human trafficking.

How come we ban tobacco advertising but not “sex for sale” advertising?


We, the undersigned, call on the UK Government to make it illegal for “sex for sale” advertisements to appear in any media.

The legislation should cover all aspects of advertising including paper, electronic or other objects and should apply also to those who assist, promote or aid and abet advertising of prostitution.

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