During an evidence session at the Justice Committee, Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris indicated that the Police were no longer opposed to Clause 6, which would criminalise the purchase of sexual services of a person. However, he did not say that the PSNI supported it.
Stewart Dickson MLA said: “While the Police have indicated that they are not opposed to Clause 6 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, this does not constitute an endorsement.
“During the evidence session at the Justice Committee, the Police continued to raise major concerns about Clause 6, particularly with regard to possible ‘unintended consequences’. It is important that all political parties take note of these comments.
“Many organisations have stated legitimate concerns about Clause 6 and the Police have certainly not indicated their support.”