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Prostitution: Internet

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the Government Equalities Office has made a recent estimate of the number of prostitutes who have become involved in the sex industry by making contact with companies on the internet; whether she plans to seek to prevent the use of the internet for such purposes; and if she will make a statement. (316076)

The Government have not made an estimate of the number of prostitutes who have become involved in the sex industry through establishing contact via the internet.

As part of the Violence Against Women Strategy, published in November 2009, the Government have also made a commitment to explore what action can be taken to challenge the advertising of prostitution.