Parliamentary Assembly

Doc. 10895
12 April 2006

Prostitution – which stance to take?

Motion for a resolution
presented by Mrs Cliveti and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.        Opinions on prostitution are divided in Europe. Some consider prostitution to be “the oldest profession in the world” and thus favour decriminalisation and regulation. Some consider prostitution to be a crime, and thus favour outlawing it and punishing prostitutes, pimps and/or clients. All agree, however, that one form of prostitution is intolerable: forced prostitution.

2.        Unfortunately, the differing attitudes to prostitution in Europe negatively impact on co-operation between Council of Europe member states even when it comes to combating forced prostitution and trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

3.        There is also a tendency to discriminate against women in this field: it is usually the woman – the prostitute – and not the man – the client – who is faced with stricter penalties in those countries which criminalise prostitution.

4.        The Assembly considers that differing attitudes to prostitution should not be allowed to impinge on Europe’s capabilities to fight forced prostitution and trafficking in women. It thus decides to study the issue and to try and find a common stance on prostitution.

Signed 1:

CLIVETI, Minodora, Romania, SOC
AHLQVIST, Birgitta, Sweden, SOC
AKHUNDOVA, Elmira, Azerbaijan, SOC
ARZILLI, Giuseppe, San Marino, EPP/CD
ATEŞ, Abdülkadir, Turkey, SOC
BADRÉ, Denis, France, ALDE
BARGHOLTZ, Helena, Sweden, ALDE
BERCEANU, Radu-Mircea, Romania, EPP/CD
BRANGER, Jean-Guy, France, EPP/CD
ČURDOVÁ, Anna, Czech Republic, SOC
FRUNDA, György, Romania, EPP/CD
GAJDŮŠKOVÁ, Alena, Czech Republic, SOC
GARDETTO, Jean-Charles, Monaco, EPP/CD
GLĂVAN, Stefan, Romania, ALDE
NAGHDALYAN, Hermine, Armenia, ALDE
ÖZAL, İbrahim, Turkey, EPP/CD
PLATVOET, Leo, Netherlands, UEL
POTRATA, Majda, Slovenia, SOC
STĂNOIU, Rodica Mihaela, Romania, SOC

1     SOC: Socialist Group
       EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
       ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
       EDG: European Democratic Group
       UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
       NR: not registered in a group