|Event Date/Time: Apr 20, 2005||End Date/Time: Apr 20, 2005|
|Registration Date: Apr 19, 2005|
Wednesday 20 April 2005
Marriott Hotel, Liverpool
Prostitution can have devastating consequences for the individuals involved and for the wider community. It involves the abuse of children and the serious exploitation of adults – many of whom are trafficked into and around the UK for this purpose. It has close links with problematic drug use and, increasingly, with transnational and organised crime.
The laws relating to prostitution are seen as outdated, confusing and ineffective. The Home Office issued a consultation paper ‘Paying the Price’ last year and the Government is expected to introduce new legislation early in the next Parliament to start to deal with prostitution and its serious detrimental consequences for individuals and communities.
This national public policy conference will examine what can be done to protect local communities, combat the exploitation of those involved (70 per cent of those involved started out as children or young teenagers), what preventative measures can be taken, how those involved in drug taking can be helped, access to services and healthcare for those involved and how to tackle the organised crime and anti-social behaviour linked to prostitution.
Cllr Mike Storey CBE
Leader, Liverpool City Council
Marieke van Doorninck
Dutch Institute for Prostitution Issues
Superintendent John Brennan
Head of Vice Squad, South Yorkshire Police
Principal Policy and Practice Officer, Barnardo’s
Dr Linda Cusick
Reader in Substance Use, Institute for Applied
Social & Health Research, University of Paisley