Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Purpose of the group

  1. We understand CSE to be a function of gender inequality, and a form of gender-based violence. We work to the Scottish Government’s National Violence Against Women and Girls Approach, Equally Safe, and their definition of Violence Against Women, which includes prostitution, pornography, trafficking, lap-dancing, stripping, pole-dancing and table-dancing as forms of commercial sexual exploitation. We believe that these activities have been shown to be harmful for individuals involved and can have a negative impact on the position of all women through the objectification of women’s bodies. It is essential to separate sexual activity from exploitative sexual activity. 
  2. We promote the pursuit of legislation which prevents and challenges demand for commercial sexual exploitation.
  3. Therefore, we support a change in the current legislative balance of criminalisation, from prosecuting/penalising/criminalising those individuals who have been exploited in prostitution towards a challenge demand approach: penalising those who create the demand (purchasers).
  4. We believe the law should support those involved in selling sexual activity in exiting/planning to exit prostitution.

Forthcoming meetings

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Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Catriona Laird

Ann Hayne

Gunilla Ekberg

Heather Russell

Steve Rawbone

Hannah Sanderson

Susan Moffat

Marlyn Glen

Teresa Little

Bryan Little

Tony Martin

Diane Robertson Martin

Billie Wealleans


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European Network of Migrant Women

International Justice Mission

Community Safety Glasgow

The TARA Service

Women’s Support Project

Scottish Trade Union Congress


Soroptimist international


NHS Lothian


Zero Tolerance

UK Feminista

Space International

Evangelical Alliance



Jubilee House

Not For Sale Scotland


Build a Girl

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Equality NowWomen for Justice

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