Prostitution and Unison

(Editor: Jennifer Valentine-Miller)

Law editor, Luke Gittos wrote:Supporting projects with campaigns “In England, the law which currently governs prostitution, resting on the idea that all prostitutes are vulnerable ‘sex workers’ in need of the state’s protection, is entirely harmful, and dangerously misrepresents a complex reality.”

Prostitution itself is not illegal. However, the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 introduced an offence of ‘controlling’ prostitution. In fact, a woman can be ‘controlled’ in prostitution even if she is ‘exercising free will’ when she chooses to prostitute herself.

In short, the offence punishes anyone who exerts any degree of ‘control’ whatsoever over a prostitute, even if that prostitute is choosing with absolute freedom to prostitute themselves. How is it that English law has moved to punish those who exercise even nominal ‘control’ over a person’s activities, without punishing the activity itself?

Sweden criminalised buying sex but decriminalised selling it in year 2000, reducing many brothels and cutting the level of sex trafficking into the country. The public sector’s conference believes that it is time for the UK Government to adopt a similar policy, and recognise that for this to be effective there also needs to be increased investment in drug rehabilitation programmes, education programmes, and other support programmes to provide women with viable alternatives and a route out of the trade.

According to the UK government, 85% of women in brothels now come from outside the UK, however, while men have been convicted for trafficking women into Britain, none has so far been prosecuted for paying for sex with women or girls forced into the sex trade.

The public sector’s union, Unison, wrote that prostitution is a serious social ill, which affects hundreds of thousands of women and children. It is time for men to get the message that women are not for sale, and by criminalising this it will then send out a clear mesage stating that paying for sex is not acceptable.

The EU Referendum is a Christian Concern

European Union Referendum Prayer Points Christian Concern
Join Christian Concern giving thanks for:
·         The democratic freedom to vote in this important referendum.
·         God’s heart for this nation and His mercy and provision in sustaining us.
·         Our national and European leaders who have been appointed by God for our good.
·         The relative peace that has existed in Europe since the Second World War.
·         The many prayers and intercessions by individuals, small groups, churches and other Christian ministries in the UK and beyond our shores regarding the referendum.
Please join in praying for: 
Before the referendum: ·         A fair, balanced, clear and informative debate on both sides, and that those campaigning would do so with integrity.
·         All issues surrounding the referendum would be highlighted and voters enabled to make an informed decision.
·         Integrity throughout the media, and reports on the proceedings to be honest and balanced.
·         Unity and peace amongst Christians, regardless of which way they vote.
·         Believers across the nation and beyond would cry out and to the Lord and seek His will for the future of the United Kingdom.
·         Strength, peace and wisdom for those campaigning.
·         Leaders of the two groups (Brexit and Remain) to argue on facts and not conjecture, and offer hope and not fear.
The day of the referendum:  ·         Those at polling stations counting the votes, that they would be strengthened to count accurately.
·         God’s will would be done and His best purposes would be brought about.
·         The day would be upheld in prayer by Christians.
After the referendum:  ·         That peace and reconciliation would fall across the whole of the UK regardless of the outcome.
·         For wisdom for national leaders as they make any necessary decisions.
·         For believers to continue committing the nation to Christi for its security & prosperity.
·         It is highly probable that there will be changes in the composition as well as the direction of the government after the referendum: please pray for God’s will to be done amidst these changes, and He would truly be the author of them.

 

 

Prayers: The Light for Syria

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15 March 2015 marked the third anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria. It’s hard to comprehend the degree of suffering and devastation that these three years have seen. More than 100,000 people have been killed, and every hour now, more than 300 people flee their homes in fear.

As the conflict drags on, the people of Syria need our persistent and determined prayers more than ever. We know that, even in the darkest places, God can shine the light of his love and hope.

The Points of Prayer are in association with Tearfund and Christian Aid.

Points for prayer:
Pray for those who have and are fleeing their homes into an uncertain future.

Pray for Christian Aid partners working in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Pray for Christian Aid partners working in Greece, Hungary and Serbia.

Pray for those in authority to make wise, cooperative and compassionate decisions.

Pray for change and a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria.

‘Heavenly Father, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25, 37-41)