Cash-for-sex ban slammed

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A LAND­MARK ban on pay­ing for sex in North­ern Ire­land has been hailed by Christian groups but de­nounced by pros­ti­tutes’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The re­gion will be­come the first part of the UK to back such a clamp down after Stor­mont Assem­bly mem­bers sup­ported the move in a vote.

The pro­posal to out­law pur­chas­ing sex was among a num­ber of clauses con­tained in a Bill aimed at amending North­ern Ire­land’s laws on trafficking and pros­ti­tu­tion.

Paid-for con­sen­sual sex is cur­rently le­gal in North­ern Ire­land, though ac­tiv­i­ties such as kerb crawl­ing, brothel keep­ing and pimp­ing are against the law.

A ban will see the re­gion im­ple­ment a pro­hi­bi­tion sim­i­lar to the model cur­rently op­er­at­ing in Swe­den.

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