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# Prostitution

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2022
# Sex Trade
Gardaí probe concerns of sexual trafficking in the south-west
Enquiries have also been launched into a ‘pimp’ operating in an undisclosed part of the country.
# Report
State is failing to protect sex workers from violence, Amnesty International says
The group said a law introduced in 2017 which criminalises the purchase of sex in Ireland is facilitating the abuse of sex workers.
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# Courts
Two women charged over alleged human trafficking offences due in court
They will appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice at 10.30am today.
# Prostitution
Over 600 'sale of sex' convictions to be expunged in effort to recognise vulnerable victims
It follows on from law changes introduced in 2017.
# Hani Ali Showky
New garda vice unit brings 71 extra charges against man accused of running brothels
Mr Showky and his partner allegedly ran brothels across Dublin.
# Arrests
Man and woman arrested as part of investigations into prostitution and organised crime
They are currently being detained at a Dublin garda station.
# Child Protection
'You're not screening for them': Concern that trafficked Irish children are falling through the cracks
The OSCE’s special representative for combating human trafficking said children in foster care or those who came from abusive backgrounds are particularly vulnerable.
# Prostitution
Gardaí speak to 23 people suspected of purchasing sexual services
Gardaí carried out a number of days of action across the country last week.
# Prostitution
Leaders of crime gang running several brothels in London jailed for eight years
One victim said she was told her family in Brazil would be killed if she tried to leave.
# Sexual Exploitation
Man arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, brothel keeping and money laundering in Belfast
A 27-year-old woman has also been arrested in the Antrim area on suspicion of controlling prostitution.
# crackdown
Gardaí question 38 people suspected of purchasing sexual services
Gardaí conducted a number of targeted operations across the country last week.
# Prostitution
Banning the purchase of sex in NI has actually led to an increase in sex workers, report finds
It is estimated that the number of sex workers advertising per day is 308.
# Santry
Gardaí attempt to tackle 'highest concentration of sex workers' in north Dublin suburb
The area has been pinpointed by gardaí as an area of concern.
Voices
Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn
There is a whole generation of violent porn-watchers and they are seeking more and more extreme things from the women in prostitution, writes a Ruhama caseworker.
# crimecall
'I tried to fight so hard. I was chained and I had bruises': Woman forced into prostitution speaks out
Mary spoke about her ordeal, and what she had to do while she was kept by her human traffickers.
# sex work
36 people questioned by gardaí as part of weekend operation targeting the buying of sex
Gardaí said they carried out operations in six divisions last weekend.
Voices
Opinion: Laws that criminalise sex buyers are making life more dangerous for sex workers
How long more can our government ignore the growing body of evidence that shows that their policies are endangering to the physical and mental health of sex workers, writes Kate McGrew.
# Trafficking
Report on Ireland's sex industry: 'Highly organised, thriving in every county'
A report compared the legislative approaches in six EU countries to tackling human trafficking in prostitution.
# Sex Workers
Concerns growing about the number of underage boys being abused in Dublin brothels
A number of suspected brothels have been raided by gardaí in the last year.
Voices
Consent: 'The purchase of sex is conducted without regard for women’s pleasure'
Prostitution undermines consent and women’s bodily autonomy, writes Samantha Slater.
# ruhama
Irish service supported 109 people affected by sex trafficking last year
The nationalities that had the highest access rate to Ruhama’s casework service were Nigerian (63 cases) and Irish (41)
# Prostitution
Gardaí shut down seven brothels in Carlow and Kilkenny
No arrests were made on foot of the inspections of the properties.
# Scandal
Red Cross says more than 20 staff have left after 'paying for sexual services'
There is concern that a number of incidents have not been reported, or that reported cases may have been mishandled.
# Prostitution
Buying sex has been illegal in Ireland for one year but 'very little' has changed
Supporters and detractors of the new law have spoken of their frustration over the new bill.
# oxfam uk
Oxfam chief executive says criticism over prostitution scandal has been 'disproportionate'
Chief executive Mark Goldring has repeatedly apologised for failings in the way the charity dealt with claims of sexual misconduct.
# oxfam ireland
Oxfam Ireland emails supporters, promises to 'rebuild trust' after UK staff's Haiti prostitution scandal
Oxfam Ireland confirmed that none of its staff were involved in the scandal.
# Resignation
Deputy chief executive of Oxfam in the UK resigns over prostitution scandal in Haiti
Penny Lawrence said that she was “desperately sorry” for the harm and distress that had been caused.
# Coventry
Three men jailed for plying 14-year-old girl with drugs and forcing her into prostitution in UK
She was reported missing on 8 June 2015. However, she was being held in one of the men’s houses.
# Sexual Offences
Prostitution offences have dropped hugely in the last five years
New figures from the gardaí and the CSO suggest that sexual offences have diminished massively in recent times.
Voices
Grafton Street 1870: 'The street literally swarmed with women of loose character'
Come Here To Me! Vol. 2 celebrates an unexplored Dublin: its public duels and street gangs, suffragettes and drag queens, as well as its not-so-secret gay bars and failed vegetarian societies.
# Southeast Asia
Members of gang which ran prostitution ring in UK hotels convicted
In total, the operation generated hundreds of thousands of pounds.
# call andreea
People urged to call Irish mobile number to hear the reality of sex trafficking here
Ruhama is urging people to call the number and hear what ‘Andreea’ has to say.
# ruhama
'Most prostitution here is run by organised crime gangs': Irish service helped 92 victims of sex trafficking in 2016
Ruhama worked with 304 women of 37 nationalities last year.
# Human Trafficking
‘It wouldn’t happen in D4’: Locals plan to block streets ahead of U2 gig to protest ‘red light district’
The protesters allege that two massage parlours in the area are operating as brothels while a third business, which has since closed, was also a front for prostitution.
# violent gang
Waterford moneylending gang 'in hiding' as it owes money to Nigerian drug dealers
How locals defied violent threats to rid their community of the criminals.
# Prostitution
'An historic day': It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland
Not everyone is happy with the new legislation.
# Phibsborough
Irish court told Nigerian woman was forced to have sex with up to 10 men a day
The alleged victim was told she might receive €2,000 a day, but would have to pay a €50,000 ‘debt owed’ for bringing her to Ireland.
# Crime
Nigerian woman allegedly had 'voodoo process' before being trafficked to Ireland for prostitution
Joy Imasogie allegedly told the victim she would be working in a hair salon.
# Human Trafficking
Man due in Dublin court as part of four-year sex trafficking probe
In 2012, gardaí identified a number of Polish women as victims of sexual exploitation.
# Exploitation
'One woman didn't even know she was in Ireland': The reality of being sold for sex
Women are trafficked across countries and continents – some having been sold by family members or friends.