Northern Ireland Passes Anti-Prostitution Law

by admin on October 29, 2014

A law making it a crime to pay for sex was passed by Northern Ireland’s Stormont assembly this week despite heavy opposition from sex workers, reports The Guardian.

The law was included in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill introduced by Lord Morrow and is reportedly based on the “Swedish model” of a similar law banning paid sex in an effort to further “protect” sex workers and reduce sex trafficking.

According to The Guardian, Northern Ireland justice minister, David Ford, said the issue of prostitution should be addressed separately from human trafficking and slavery, and that “criminalizing the purchasing of sex, as a single clause in a bill, may create further risk and hardship for those individuals, particularly women involved in prostitution.”

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A survey of Northern Ireland sex workers and clients, commissioned by the Department of Justice and released on Friday, October 17, 2014, found that 98% of sex works opposed the law targeting consumers who buy sex and 61% thought banning purchased sex would make them less safe.

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill—and the anti-prostitution legislation included in it—was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. According to The Guardian, though the bill must pass further assembly stages, approval at this stage means it is “destined to become law.”

Read more about this story from The Guardian:
Northern Ireland: 98% of sex workers oppose new law criminalising clients
Northern Ireland ban on paying for sex is approved by Stormont assembly

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Thailand Introduces New Tourism Tax Breaks

by admin on October 29, 2014

According to Thai PBS, the Thai government approved a “tourism tax break” which will allow businesses and individuals to deduct eligible tourism expenses through December 31, 2015.

Government spokesman Yongyuth Maiyalap said eligible deductions for individuals included local package tours or hotel accommodations, up to 15,000 baht. Meanwhile, Maiyalap said business could take advantage of the tax break to “provide residential training programs for employees,” reports Thai PBS.

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The new tax break will amount to one billion baht in lost tax revenue for the government, according to Maiyalap as cited by Thai PBS, but the government expects to make up some of the lost revenue through boosted domestic tourism due to the tax break.

Keep reading for more information:
Thai PBS – Tourism tax approved to stimulate domestic tourism

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Thailand Seeks to Increase Government-Auctioned Condo Sales by Waiving Common Area Fees

October 27, 2014

According to the Bangkok Post, a new amendment to the Condo Act, proposed by Thailand’s Legal Execution Department, would waive unpaid common area management fees in condominium sales on non-performing asset units from forced sales. The Thailand Condo Act mandates that for ownership of a condo unit to be transferred the CAM fee has to […]

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Michael Mandelbaum Tries to Dodge Divorce Case, Argues Definition of Legally Married

October 17, 2014

In a divorce case from New Jersey, a wealthy man is claiming that his marriage is invalid because the marriage license was issued after the wedding and therefore negates the need for divorce proceedings, reports Philly.com. The case involves Michael Mandelbaum, the son of an owner of the Minnesota Vikings, whose attorneys made the motion […]

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