SNP mocked for suggesting period poverty bill could prompt tampon trafficking
An SNP minister has told a Holyrood committee that the legal provision of free period products could be abused, with supplies being trafficked across the border.
The Scottish Government’s communities boss Aileen Campbell told the committee in the letter that the government had “grave concerns” about the bill, proposed by Labour MSP Monica Lennon.
As well as raising concerns about cost, Campbell suggested the scheme would have to look to prevent a black market in period products.
“We can envisage that such a provision could be to prevent people outside Scotland seeking access to the products or people accessing them to sell at a discounted rate outside Scotland,” she said.
Mocking the suggestion, one Twitter user, Laura Doherty, said: “I'm setting up a network of contacts in the North East and we're gonna swap cheap booze for free sanitary products to offset the costs of Minimum Pricing. Mooncups 4 Moonshine. Tampons for Tennent's. Pads for PBR.”
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