Finland’s new bill protects prostitutes

Finland’s new bill protects prostitutes
Finland’s new bill protects prostitutes

Police hope the bill will discourage prostitution by frightening off potential purchasers of sexual favors, who are unlikely to know if a prostitute has been forced to sell sex by criminals who profit from the trade or as a victim of human trafficking.

The maximum punishment for violating the new law, which is expected to come into force later this year, would be a six-month prison sentence, according to the AP.

The vote passed 158-15 in the 200-member Parliament, with 27 lawmakers abstaining or being absent from the session.

A motion to ban all purchases and sales of sexual favors was rejected.