Prostitution: "Follow UK's lead!"
The Belgian Equal Opportunities Minister Joëlle Milquet has spoken out in favour of a stricter application of the laws governing prostitution.
She told the daily Metro: "The laws are on the statutes, but they are not being complied with."
The Belgian Equal Opportunities Minister is today organising an international conference on people-trafficking and sexual exploitation. She is eager to come down hard on the crime of prostitution and the abuse, but without targeting the women involved.
Ms Milquet is holding up the example of the UK where punters are held responsible. The Equal Opportunities Minister stresses that in the short term the law must be observed: "The public prosecutors' offices must do their job, but so must the police and the local authorities. Mayors ould close down premises where pimping and exploitation occurs."
The minister stressed that parliament should decide whether or not punters should be punishable by law: "I am cautious and want to reduce demand. That's not something that we achieve by the way the law is applied at present. We should concentrate on increasing awareness of this problem and on prevention. That's something that doesn't happen enough at the minute, because we only look at the problem from the supply side."
[Flandersnews.be / Expatica]