Pornography: Slavery

Home Office written question – answered on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the correlation between legal pornography, people trafficking and sexual slavery; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government has not conducted any assessments to the link between legal pornography, people trafficking and sexual slavery.

The Government Equalities Office are commissioning qualitative research to look into any relationship between porn and attitudes to women. This research is due to be completed this Summer 2019.

The Government has commissioned a research project into the prevalence and nature of prostitution in England and Wales; to inform the evidence base before any changes are made to policy and legislation in respect of prostitution. This independent research is being led by the University of Bristol and we anticipate receiving their report in the Spring this year.

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