EP vote marks a sad day for women

26-Feb-2014 @ 16:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Campaigning Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has reacted with dismay to a vote in the European Parliament today which seeks to classify all prostitutes as sex slaves working under duress.

She believes a controversial report by Labour MEP Mary Honeyball, which seeks to regulate prostitution and make the purchasing of sex illegal across Europe, does a disservice to the significant proportion of prostitutes who choose to involve themselves in the sex trade – and potentially puts them in danger.

The Conservative MEP for London appealed to Mrs Honeyball in an open letter last week to drop the proposal and instead support her own resolution calling for more-focused action against the evils of trafficking and child prostitution. http://www.conservativeeurope.com//news/2124/marinas-challenge-drop-your-prostitution-plan-and-lets-tackle-the-bigger-issues-.aspx

Mrs Honeyball declined, however, and today her report secured the backing of a majority of MEPs.

Mrs Yannakoudakis said: "It is a sad day when women can't be respected for their choices...when feminism is put before females and their safety, when women's rights are more important than women themselves - and their freedom to make their own decisions."

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