Published Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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The proposals, which could make Northern Ireland the lead in the UK on human trafficking law, would see the payment of sexual services from a prostitute become an offence in the region.
They are part of a wider Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, and aim to enhance the provision of services for victims of human trafficking.
They include expanding the definition of exploitation, compensation procedures for victims and special protection and help for victims in the legal process.
The draft proposals have been put forward by DUP MLA Lord Maurice Morrow, who said the consultation period will end on 18 October - chosen as a symbolic day as it is anti-slavery day.
"My bill is designed to bring help and aid and assistance to those who find themselves trafficked," he told UTV.
Lord Morrow said he would listen to the views given during the consultation period, but that he didn't believe criminalising prostitution would push the industry further underground.
"Criminalising paying for sex is not explicitly in the European directive but Article 18 encourages member states to take appropriate steps to tackle demand.
"The majority of trafficking victims in Northern Ireland in recent years have been trafficked here for sexual exploitation.
"The sad fact that here in Northern Ireland there is a growing demand for paid sex and I am seeking to put into my bill the necessary clauses to tackle that very sad issue."
Last month a 35-year-old Chinese woman was found guilty of trafficking and controlling prostitution. Two men, including a former police officer, were also found guilty of charges in connection with the prostitution ring.