Ash Denham MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Community Safety, recently chaired a discussion at an international online summit on combatting the sexual exploitation of Romanian women by sex buyers in the UK. The event, organised by UK Feminista, convened policy makers, frontline services and officials in Romania and the UK to identify what measures are needed to prevent and respond to the sexual exploitation of Romanian women in the UK.
Reflecting on the summit, Ash Denham MSP said: "I was struck by the extent to which Romanian women are disproportionately affected by prostitution and human trafficking, and the need for our countries to work together to reduce harm. ...By working together we will reduce the harms faced by women involved in prostitution, protect their human rights and close down the buyers’ market which enables trafficking for sexual exploitation."
Speakers from organisations in Romania called on the UK to take action to prevent sexual exploitation by tackling demand from sex buyers.
"Like any market we can reduce the offer by reducing the demand. I believe the UK can take a position and make this shameful market less profitable." – Laetitia Gotte, President of Asociatia FREE
The report of the summit – ‘Close this Market’ – can be downloaded here.