Vera Baird backs decriminalising prostitution

Vera Baird QC Credit: Vera Baird QC

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a Government report that says prostitution should be decriminalised.

The interim report published by the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) also claims that sex workers sharing premises should also be made legal.

Vera Baird QC, was invited to provide a written submission as part of the Committee’s inquiry on Prostitution, which helped inform the report.

Commissioner Baird said:

Regardless of whatever brings women into sex work it is apparent that most are vulnerable victims and I fully back the notion of decriminalising sex workers. A criminal sanction on a sex worker only serves to reduce the chances of them seeking support to help exit sex work or to work with agencies to understand and better manage personal health and safeguarding issues.

Vera Baird QC