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MOD cracks down on personnel who buy sex abroad

UK military personnel will be kicked out of the Armed Forces for paying for sex in other countries as part of a crackdown on unacceptable behaviour in the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced.

Two more policies and a new strategy will see a "zero tolerance" approach to sexual activity where there is "an imbalance of power", the MOD said.

The moves aim to tackle "poor behaviours" in the Armed Forces.

It has been announced that a presumption of discharge will be introduced for anyone exchanging money for sex outside the UK or for acting "in a sexually unacceptable way".

The new policies add to a longer list of zero-tolerence offences, and join overhaul efforts after the House of Commons Defence Committee's report titled Women in the Armed Forces: From Recruitment to Civilian Life.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty said: "Abusive, discriminatory or predatory behaviour has no place in our Armed Forces and these measures send a clear message that these types of behaviours will not be tolerated.

"As a forward-thinking and modern employer, the Armed Forces are a place where our serving personnel can thrive, and we will continue to expect the highest values and standards of each and every one of them."

Last year's report found that 58% of servicewomen and 64% of female veterans have experienced bullying, harassment and discrimination in the military.

Recent months have seen the MOD criticised for "dragging its feet" in the investigation into the death of Agnes Wanjiru, a 21 year-old sex worker found in a septic tank in Kenya in 2012.

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