No one has been charged under a nasty new law that makes it illegal to pay for sex in Northern Ireland, a year after it was introduced.
Frances Fitzgerald, the justice minister, is about to introduce similar laws in the Republic of Ireland amid
warnings that they are unenforceable and will put sex workers' lives at risk.
Anti-sex work groups claim that the laws would end demand for prostitution but critics argued that they would make sex workers' lives more dangerous by driving the trade
underground and making them less likely to go to the police or hospital if something went wrong.
Scottish Labour is set to announce a manifesto pledge to prosecute men who buy sex.
Bizarrely the party claims that selling sex can be somehow legal whilst buying it is illegal. Surely the sex workers would be clearly inciting their customers to
commit an offence.
Its manifesto, to be unveiled on Wednesday, will state:
Scottish Labour aims to tackle commercial sexual exploitation by challenging demand and by supporting those involved. It has a
three-pronged framework: criminalising the buying of sex, decriminalising people involved in prostitution, and providing long-term support and exiting services for those exploited through prostitution.
ScotPep, the sex workers' rights
charity, said during the last Holyrood session that it did not agree with the policy, fearing that it could put women in more danger and challenging the assertion that all sex workers are victims .