MLAs Debate Human Trafficking Bill

MLAs are debating a human trafficking bill, drawn up by DUP peer Lord Morrow.

It is understood that the new Bill contains a clause that would make it illegal to pay for sex, a clause that has been opposed by Justice Minister David Ford.

However, both the DUP and Sinn Féin are understood to be in favour of the clause.

A forced marriage amendment has also been proposed by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton. Mr Hamilton's department is responsible for registering births, marriages and deaths.

The debate on the Bill is expected to last for most of Monday.


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