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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Sex Workers

Last year
Opinion: The hyperfocus on our punters blinds people to the real issues sex workers face
A sex worker writes about her experiences and what needs to change, on foot of new research about sex work in Ireland.
# Donegal
Gardaí arrest two in Donegal over alleged prostitution and human trafficking offences
One man has already appeared in court.
# 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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# Report
Sex worker activists among world's most 'at risk' human rights defenders
The report notes several cases of activists being asked to provide sex to police in exchange for the freedom of other detained sex workers.
# sex work
'Sex workers are seen as either criminal or victim, but we're just people trying to survive'
Kate McGrew on how the Covid-19 pandemic, legislation and stigma are making life more difficult for sex workers in Ireland.
# New Rules
Amsterdam has banned tour groups from sex workers’ windows in red light district
The move is an attempt to address over-tourism and protect workers.
# 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.
# Sex Workers
Gardaí make five arrests as they carry out raids linked to spate of assaults on sex workers
A number of women have been subjected to violent attacks in recent weeks.
# Investigation
'They need to be vigilant': Appeal for sex workers to come forward over recent spate of assaults
Detective chief superintendent Declan Daly said no sex worker who comes forward will face prosecution.
# Operation Quest
Gardaí investigating seven targeted attacks on sex workers
Gardaí said the motive for the attacks appears to be monetary gain and that violence has been used.
# Sex Workers
Ex-sex worker asks judge to stop woman publishing claims she never 'worked' certain Dublin streets
Judge O’Connor reserved his judgment until next week.
# crackdown
Gardaí question 38 people suspected of purchasing sexual services
Gardaí conducted a number of targeted operations across the country last week.
# conviction
Sex workers' support group praises 20 year sentence for rapist as it thanks victims for coming forward
Gheorghe Goidan was sentenced to 20 years today.
# 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.
# Disrespectful
Amsterdam to ban guided tours through Red Light District from next year
Local authorities said that guided tours in the area are often “not respectful towards sex workers”.
# Escorts Ireland
No convictions secured against sex buyers since new laws introduced
Websites advertising sex remain operational.
# 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.
Opinion: 'All labour involves selling our bodies in some form, so what is different about sex work?'
Sex workers exist, there is no sign of them disappearing, and they deserve the same rights as other workers, writes Danny Rigg.
# 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
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.
# dangers of the job
'I work because they are lonely': Sex workers describe the dangers of the trade at Christmas
Many sex workers face added dangers at Christmas time.
# Prostitution
'An historic day': It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland
Not everyone is happy with the new legislation.
# breaking rank
'I don't see it as a solution': Government minister says proposed sex worker laws won't work
Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy said Ireland has not got the resources to police prostitution.
# Belfast
'It's not working': Sex worker challenges new laws in court
Campaigners want to protect those who choose to be sex workers and not put them in harm’s way.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Would a new government bill really decriminalise sex workers?
FactCheck referees a dispute over a controversial new law.
# clyde court hotel
Judge praises sex workers' "courage and determination", returns "hard earned" cash stolen from them
The prosecution in the case of thief Mantas Grazevicius had suggested that two sex workers’ earnings that Grazevicius had stolen be confiscated by the State.
# regulate
New laws in Germany will make clients of sex-workers wear condoms
The laws will come into effect in July 2017 if they receive parliamentary backing.
# George Soros
Why is the world's 29th richest person funding a campaign by Irish sex workers?
Billionaire investor and activist George Soros is backing the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland.
# sex laws
Sex workers marched on Leinster House tonight
The group held a vigil to oppose new laws criminalising those who pay for sex.
# Sex Workers
First man arrested under new prostitution laws in the North
A Bill to introduce similar legislation south of the border is currently in the works.
# Sex Workers
'Prostitution should be legal because men want more sex than women'
An expert has proposed the controversial idea.
# get up stand up
Austrian brothel offers free sex in protest against high taxes
The owner said he will pay the women working for him to make up for what they would normally get from clients.
# Your Say
Poll: Should it be a crime to pay for sex?
It will be soon.
# not helping
Sex workers have asked Jill Meagher's husband to drop his support for an anti-sex trade group
Sex workers in St Kilda, Victoria, have signed an open letter to Tom Meagher claiming that campaigning for men to stop buying sex services is ‘not helpful’.
# Red Light
Ireland's ban on the purchase of sex will be challenged by a sex worker
Northern Ireland brought in new laws first and the Republic has followed.
Opinion: Buying a woman's body for sexual gratification is not a harmless act
It is not acceptable to turn a blind eye to the sex industry as it stands – far too little is done to protect the vulnerable.
# remembering the dead
Masked sex workers to hold candlelit vigil outside Leinster House
They will remember the deaths of seven women in Ireland who were sex workers.
# Outlawed
Confirmed: It's going to be illegal to purchase the services of a sex worker
The age of consent is also to remain at 17.
# Sex Workers
Over 300 women affected by trafficking and prostitution needed help last year
That is an 18% increase on 2012.