Plans to introduce an outright ban on prostitution should be fast-tracked, an MSP has argued.
Labour politician Rhoda Grant wants a new law which would make it an offence to pay for sex, building on existing street prostitution legislation.
Her Purchase of Sex Bill will go in front of Holyrood's Justice Committee with the aim of pushing ahead with the plans and bypassing the need for consultation.
There is already legislation in place that are used against those involved in street prostitution, with laws against loitering, soliciting and kerb crawling.
Ms Grant says her proposal would criminalise those who use prostitutes.
Arguing her case, she said: "My proposal will make the purchase of sex illegal in Scotland, with the aim of reducing the demand for prostitution.
"In addition, by strengthening the existing legislative framework against purchasers, Scotland should become an unattractive market for prostitution and therefore other associated serious criminal activities, such as people-trafficking for sexual exploitation, would be disrupted."
A previous attempt for a total ban was introduced by former MSP Trish Godman but it was not adopted as part of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Bill.
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