Women's groups, EU officials and activists believe clients should be branded the criminals, rather than the women selling their bodies.
But why now? Well, experts believe Britain will become a stomping ground for prostitutes and clients because our policies on sex work as so different to the rest of Europe.
France has already adopted the Nordic model, so should Britain follow suit? There's been some debate on Twitter...
Will thia protect women or put them more at risk of going off the radar? UK criminalising prostitution clients http://t.co/3FSvYyjaaI— kitty kaos (@kellykaos) December 12, 2013
UK urged to follow Nordic model of criminalising prostitution clients - risks making women less safe— Steve Kirkwood (@KirkwoodSteve) December 12, 2013
Criminalising clients will make it more difficult for women to protect themselves and further stigmatise sex workers http://t.co/aBfNMMRt48— G Papanicolaou (@G_Papanicolaou) December 12, 2013
Even though criminalising those who pay for sex sounds like the right move, British police claim it will be completely impossible to enforce and could put female prostitutes at even greater risk.
Currently, selling sex is not illegal in the UK, but soliciting, kerb crawling and running a brothel are.
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