Morrow Bill is better than Fionola states
Published 18/09/2012 | 08:00
I was extremely bemused after reading Fionola Meredith's article on the anti-trafficking Bill currently out to consultation at Stormont (Comment, September 12).
Having looked at the Bill online, I was struck by the disconnect between Fionola's account of it and what it actually proposes and left with the overriding feeling that she is moved more by a dislike of Lord Morrow than any concern about the issues which his Bill seeks to address.
It certainly does address paying for sex, but that is only a small part of a much bigger Bill, which, unfortunately for Ms Meredith, is profoundly progressive.
On paying for sex, it just so happens that this is a major driver for trafficking to Northern Ireland, so addressing this demand more comprehensively than the current law is certainly worthwhile.
Sweden has seen a nearly 50% drop in prostitution and all its attendant suffering, thanks to their legislation.