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Terminate degrading site - Harman

Harriet Harman
Harriet Harman is the equalities minister

Harriet Harman says she has asked California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to shut down a website containing reviews of prostitutes.

The equalities minister told the Labour conference the "degrading" Punternet site listed women for sale in London.

It was registered in California and she had asked the US Ambassador and Mr Schwarzenegger to close it, she said.

"It won't be too difficult for the Terminator to terminate punternet," she said. "If he doesn't, I'll be back".

'Degrading'

Ms Harman told delegates in Brighton the government had stepped up action to tackle human trafficking and was "determined to ensure that, especially in the run up to the Olympics, international criminal gangs don't trick and abduct women from abroad and sell them for sex in London".

But she said there had been another "sinister development which we are determined to stop" - pointing to the Punternet website, which she said "fuels the demand for prostitutes".

"It is truly degrading and puts women at risk," she told the conference.

She said it was a website where "pimps put women on sale for sex and then men who've had sex with them put their comments on line".

She told delegates: "Punternet has pages and pages of women for sale in London. But Punternet is based in California so I've raised it with the US Ambassador to London and I've called on California's governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to close it down."



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