Policing and Crime Bill

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James Brokenshire: I have one very quick question for Ms Evans on the issue of the foreign orders for sex offenders, particularly the foreign travel orders. What impact will changing the age from 16 to 18 have, why is that important in your view, and do you believe that that increase to five years is appropriate?
The Chairman: A brief answer, please.
Kathy Evans: We think that it is important that all legislation relating to sex offences and children involved in sex offending should be consistent with the reforms that have been introduced, which essentially define exploitative offences against children so that they apply to those up to the age of 18, and children below the age of 18 should not be penalised for that involvement.
Q 43Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) (Lab): I would like to ask the panel two direct questions. What responsibility do men have when buying sex, and how would you ensure that they accept that responsibility?
Niki Adams: If men are involved in consenting sex, it should not be the business of the law.
Frances Brodrick: Men who buy sex are fuelling the sex trade and human trafficking. I think that it is one of the most heinous crimes that exist and we need to do something to stop it.
The Chairman: I have to bring the sitting to an end as the time allotted for the questions has now ended. I thank our witnesses for the frank, open and full way in which they answered the questions put to them. It has been very valuable evidence for the Committee.
The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put (Standing Order No. 88).
Adjourned till this day at Four o’clock.
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