Last week, TTRP made a submission to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade.
An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) occupies a strategic and effective position within the Parliamentary system. An APPG is cross-party, with a minimum number of Parliamentarians from Government and the official opposition, and cross-House, made up of both peers and MPs. These groups are not funded by Parliament. APPGs do not have any powers to compel witnesses or submissions. Groups can have a number of staffing options – some have no dedicated staff, others utilise external consultants with specialist skills and some, like the APPG on Prostitution, have their secretariat functions performed by external NGOs. In this case Care, a Christian NGO, which declares itself to be:
… a well-established mainstream Christian charity providing resources and helping to bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE demonstrates Christ’s compassion to people of all faiths and none believing that individuals are of immense value, not because of the circumstances of their birth, their behaviour or achievements, but because of their intrinsic worth as people. CARE is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies, at the EU in Brussels and the UN in Geneva and New York.
The APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade has a website, though it contains limited information about the Group’s work. The purpose of the Group, as set out in the Register, is to:
raise awareness of the impact of the sale of sexual services on those involved and to develop proposals for government action to tackle individuals who create demand for sexual services as well as those who control prostitutes; to protect prostituted women by helping them to exit prostitution and to prevent girls from entering prostitution.
Gavin Shuker (Lab) is Chair; Claire Perry (Con) is Treasurer and; Fiona McTaggart (Lab) is Secretary.
The inquiry took the form of an online questionnaire, though the background to the inquiry and the questions asked can be found here.
Our full response can be accessed here.