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# Prostitution

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Teenage girl jailed for running prostitution ring and drugging and beating young girls
One victim was forced kicking and screaming into a man’s car at a gas station
"Pimps may look south" warning, as Stormont votes to criminalise paying for sex
Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to support the measure, which makes it illegal to obtain sexual services for payment.
Sex workers 'fear for their safety' if clients are criminalised
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she is “examining” legislation that would criminalise buying sex.
Lawmakers told that prostitution is sexual violence and that domestic violence is a crime
Today’s report by the Oireachtas Justice Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence suggests changes to the way prostitution is legislated for.
'Traffickers operate only to make money from human misery'
The Justice Minister at a garda conference today quoted victims of sex trafficking who had spoken about their experience with law enforcement in Ireland.
Bill to fight child grooming introduced to prevent 'Irish Rotherham'
Cross-party support is being sought to pass the bill.
READ: Former US President Jimmy Carter's appeal to TDs over prostitution
Short version: “Get a move on, guys.”
Decriminalising prostitution would 'slash HIV rates among sex workers'
Some sex workers don’t carry condoms, to avoid arrest. This is a big problem.
Opinion: When you think of a sex worker, you might never think of someone like me
I’m a young, unemployed student. I desperately needed to pay my college tuition, so I signed up to a website seeking a ‘financial arrangement’ with a wealthy man.
Pimps 'taking advantage' of delay in new prostitution law
Twelve months have now passed since a Dáil committee recommended new laws that would see buyers of sex punished.
Drugs and prostitution will be used to measure Ireland's GDP
Austria, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden have all begun including these figures as part of their GDP.
'Sex didn’t exist until the Late Late show': Can Irish people talk about intimacy?
A conference taking place in Cork this weekend aims to start a public discussion on sexual wellbeing.
Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' trial appeal begins, but he can't go as he's working in a hospice
The billionaire is doing community service for a separate conviction.
Three arrested in investigation into organised prostitution in Roscommon and Longford
Two males and a female, all aged in their twenties, were released without charge this evening.
Brazil worried World Cup will mean surge in child prostitution
Officials are now plastering public spaces with awareness-raising messages to warn tourists that child exploitation is a crime.
Sri Lanka says 'No' to casinos over prostitution fears
Australian gambling mogul James Packer is involved in the plans to build three super-luxury resorts, complete with casinos.
Column: Sex buyers are the last link in chain of trafficking, abuse and rape
The result of 18 months of academic work shows the fear of being named and shamed in a local newspaper would be the greatest deterrent to buyers of sex, writes Nusha Yonkova.
EU Commissioner calls for continued pressure by police to combat sex trafficking
Cecilia Malmström made the call in a pre-recorded address to a major conference of trafficking experts being held in Dublin.
Trafficked to Dublin at 15-years-old for sex: 'You would do like 15 guys a day'
“There was a guy, I remember a guy who used to come in and say “I want the youngest girl you have here” and he was really old, so to them it was fun,” one young woman said.
Judge rules couple accused of sex slavery can be named
The two are accused of a number of offences against the women – one of whom has a severe learning disability.
Prostitutes in Ibiza register to pay taxes and receive welfare
Because of the move, the women will be entitled to state benefits.
Dutch prostitutes want same retirement perks as professional footballers
They want the same perks because they ‘both do a difficult physical job that they cannot do their whole life’.
Couple who ran London prostitution ring to be sentenced today
Officers found 120 phones, 50 Polish identity cards and £24,000 in cash in the home of a couple who admit forcing women into prostitution.
France passes law to ban the purchase of sex, ICI calls on Ireland to follow suit
French lawmakers today approved the controversial bill that will make the clients of prostitutes liable for fines starting at €1,500.
Column: Women in Colombia are fighting back against the use of rape as a weapon of war
Sexual violence is perpetrated by security forces, guerrilla groups and paramilitaries in Colombia – with journalists and human rights defenders targeted alongside civilians. But despite considerable personal risks, women are fighting back.
Column: We have glimpsed the human misery which fills the pockets of Europe’s pimps and traffickers
We cannot pretend trafficking does not exist. Today experts from across the EU will meet for discussions in Dublin to support victims and bring the organised gangs to justice, writes Denise Charlton.
Seven per cent increase in women affected by prostitution seeking support
Ruhama, which supports women affected by sex trafficking and prostitution, helped 258 people last year — providing services to women from 32 different nationalities.
Column: Human trafficking and forced prostitution is continuing in Ireland
Forget the myths you’ve heard about ‘happy prostitutes’ – the reality is that adults and children are in a living hell right now after being trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation, writes Denis Charlton.
45 people, including 23 children, were trafficked into Ireland last year
In 39 cases, those trafficked were subject to sexual exploitation.
'Pimping and trafficking' continues as Dáil reviews prostitution laws
Calls have been made for the immediate introduction of new laws to target buyers of sex.
Switzerland's first sex drive-in opened this evening
The new drive-ins are designed to be safer for sex workers, with alarm buttons, doctors and security guards on-hand – but will people actually use them?
Mystery surrounds Limerick "Red Light District" signs
Stickers were placed over road signs on the street that highlighted the problem of prostitution in Limerick city centre.
Sex drive-in opens in Zurich
Local authorities hope it will help them regulate and monitor the sex trade.
Police in Japan bust overweight prostitution service
There’s a market for everything.
Ex-NY governor tries comeback after sex scandal, hopes for forgiveness
Eliot Spitzer resigned as New York governor in 2008 over a prostitution scandal.
Waterford becomes 13th local authority to support law targeting sex buyers
Last month an Oireachtas committee also recommended that people who pay for sex should face criminal charges but not prostitutes.
Buying sex should be a crime, selling it should not - Oireachtas committee
Recommendations that shift the onus on to people who pay for and organise prostitution are welcomed by prostitution support charity Ruhama.
Victims demand apology from Japanese mayor over wartime sex slaves remark
Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan during WWII.
Poll: Should people who pay for sex be named and shamed?
TDs will discuss a bill tabled by Deputy Thomas Pringle today that would make it illegal to pay for sex.