V1441 – Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2018 Watch

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V1441 – Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2018, TSR Government
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to increase the sentences for human trafficking in the UK.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 - Definitions
(1) All terms are to be defined as such in the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

2 - Amendments to the Sexual Offences Act 2003
(1) The Sexual Offences Act 2003 is to be amended as follows.
(2) Section 57, subsection (2)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is to be amended to read the following:-
"on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life."
(3) Section 58, subsection (2)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is to be amended to read the following:-
"on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life."
(4) Section 59, subsection (2)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is to be amended to read the following:-
"on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life."

3 - Commencement, short title and extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Act 2018.
(2) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
(3) This Act is to come into effect upon Royal Assent.

Notes
This bill fulfils the promise laid out in the Home Office Ministerial Report. It increases the sentences for human trafficking from 14 years to a maximum of life. This is because the current sentence of 14 years is not a huge cost to traffickers because of the financial benefits. Human traffickers can make up to £8,000 from selling one victim and per day they can make up to £1,000. Increasing it to life imprisonment is likely to have a big impact on trafficking and also give the worse victims of human trafficking the justice they deserve.

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I'd like to ask members to put emphasis on the Model in Model House of Commons and judge the idea rather than whether this amends the most appropriate act. The intention is to increase sentences for human trafficking to life and whether that requires amending act A or act B is a mere technicality with little impact on the debate as well as the effect within the MHoC framework.
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This bill should have been withdrawn, rethought and submitted as a bill amending the correct Act. This being a Model House of Commons of course excuses the fact that we can't all be 100% accurate or have all of the relevant facts, but it does not excuse amending entirely the wrong Act.
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(Original post by CatusStarbright)
This bill should have been withdrawn, rethought and submitted as a bill amending the correct Act. This being a Model House of Commons of course excuses the fact that we can't all be 100% accurate or have all of the relevant facts, but it does not excuse amending entirely the wrong Act.
I completely agree with this
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(Original post by CatusStarbright)
This bill should have been withdrawn, rethought and submitted as a bill amending the correct Act. This being a Model House of Commons of course excuses the fact that we can't all be 100% accurate or have all of the relevant facts, but it does not excuse amending entirely the wrong Act.
It not only amends the wrong act but amends something that no longer exists. There is no excuse for this given the author was told the correct act, couldn't be bothered to even look at it, and was told *exactly* what part to amend. On top of that the current penalties are what this bill attempts to change them to.
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I'd like to ask members to put emphasis on the Model in Model House of Commons and judge the idea rather than whether this amends the most appropriate act. The intention is to increase sentences for human trafficking to life and whether that requires amending act A or act B is a mere technicality with little impact on the debate as well as the effect within the MHoC framework.
Nobody expects total perfection, we do expect people to check what they're amending, upon checking they'd see it's been repealed, at that point they should look at what should be amended at which point they see the current penalty is life.

If we were to vote things down on technicalities most things introducing offences would be voted down because very rarely do people actually state penalties, merely the offences

There's getting things technically incorrect, then there's this, something that on multiple counts does nothing due to the laziness of the author
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Although this bill will need amending in line with valid critique i congratulate the House for voting for this bill.
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Although this bill will need amending in line with valid critique i congratulate the House for voting for this bill.
Wut?

You congratulate the house for passing a bill that you admit does nothing? It should have been amended before division, not after, or are we going to see another collosal **** up where this **** up is amended to try to maintain the status quo?
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One No has been removed due to a double vote in seat 21 (Saunders16 for Dafios9128).
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The Ayes to the right: 33
The Noes to the left: 6
Abstentions: 4

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