Publications

Evidence Assessment of the Impacts of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex: A Review

Published: 2017

Malloch, M., Robertson, L. and Forbes. E. (2017) Evidence Assessment of the Impacts of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex: A Review. Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Summary

In 2015, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) was tasked with work that had been identified by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice following the introduction of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015; in recognition that this legislation had raised questions about responses to prostitution in Scotland that were not addressed within the contours of that debate.

The Cabinet Secretary gave a commitment to the Justice Committee and Parliament that research would be commissioned to “investigate the reliability of the evidence available on the criminalisation of the purchase of sex”. The SCCJR was asked to do two things:

  • Produce a desk-based review of published research and evidence on

    prostitution in Scotland;

  • Conduct a rapid assessment of existing evidence on the impact of the

    criminalisation of the purchase of sex.