I am aware of different legislative approaches for prostitution, for example in Northern Ireland, where all buying of sex has been criminalised and the selling decriminalised. However there is no unequivocal evidence that any one approach is better at tackling harm and exploitation, and that must remain a priority. At present, our laws are there to tackle exploitation and abuse, clamping down on activities such as brothel-keeping and kerb-crawling. The Government will of course closely monitor the implementation, enforcement and impact of the changes in Northern Ireland.
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