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Prostitution: MEP wants to outlaw paying for sex in UK

13 December 2013 Last updated at 14:51 GMT

France is the latest European country to decide it should be illegal to pay for sex, as it follows the so-called Nordic model where the purchaser, and not the seller, faces criminal action.

Andrew Neil went over the legal situation, before Labour MEP Mary Honeyball explained why she wants Britain to follow other nations and change the laws.

Sex worker Charlie Daniels, who wrote a book on her experiences, told the panel they should "respect the fact I choose to sell my body." She called for "positive intervention" for young people in care, in prison or working on the streets.

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