Their second priority was tackling violence against women. This was to include tackling human trafficking of women for sexual exploitation and in particular, as well as deterring and punishing traffickers and warning and protecting women, tackling the demand side of human trafficking.
advertising women for sex is widespread in local and regional newspapers. Three quarters of the papers examined for the research carried advertisements for women or services offered by women. Local papers in every region in England carried advertisements for sex with women. Typically, these advertisements are sandwiched between innocuous advertisements for other services and goods;
almost half of the papers examined for the research carried classified advertisements specifying the nationalities or origins of women. There was a particular focus on highlighting women from Asia, including South East Asia. Women were most likely to be described as Oriental, Chinese, Japanese or Thai, but a large range of nationalitiesfor example Indian, Pakistani, Italian, and Spanishand origins such as East European and South American are used. British nationality is usually not specified.
Following a meeting of the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Mr. Coaker), the Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Solicitor-General and myself with the Newspaper Society, we welcome the consultation and discussion that has taken place within this organisation. We welcome the new guidance which we expect the Newspaper Society will be issuing shortly to their members to help ensure that they do not unwittingly advertise brothels in which trafficked women are being exploited. Genuine businesses which advertise services in the personal classifieds should be unaffected by this.
The Home Office recently announced a six month review exploring what more the Government can do to tackle the demand for prostitution. This began with a visit to Sweden earlier this month by the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett) and the Solicitor-General, to explore how the Swedish legislation banning the sale of sex is enforced and its impact on the demand for prostitution. As well as any legislative changes, the review will consider the non-legislative options available to challenge exploitation of women by paying for sex.
In this work, the Ministers for Women will continue to work with and alongside Ministers in the Home Office, the Attorney-Generals Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Copies of Women Not For Sale will be made available in the Library of the House.