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3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to tackle violence against women, particularly in relation to prostitution and purchasers of sex. (S6O-00043)
I know that the minister has listened, as I have, to survivors and those who have experienced prostitution. It seems to me that very few women are voluntarily involved in prostitution; the vast majority are forced to be in it, either by somebody else or by their circumstances. Surely, if men are purchasing sex, they are guilty of violence against women and they should be criminalised.
I commend the Government on being so accurate with its budgeting; it came within 0.9 per cent. Covid is likely to lead to uncertainty around tax, so can the minister say anything about tax volatility?
Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Shettleston
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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