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'The ugly truth about prostitution is that without various forms of force it would collapse'
Former sex workers are calling on the government to pass the Sexual Offences Bill which would make buying sex illegal.
# turn off the red light
Failure to crack down on sex trafficking will make communities 'safe havens for pimps'
The National Women’s Council of Ireland has called for stronger anti-trafficking measures.
# Your Say
Poll: Should it be a crime to pay for sex?
It will be soon.
# 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.
# 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.
# turn off the red light
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.
# Sex
'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.
# Prostitution
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.
# Prostitution
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.
# sex trafficking
Sex trafficking numbers 'tip of the iceberg'
Over 1,000 women for sale on the internet in Ireland, TheJournal.ie told, but few go to police.
# Prostitution
Cork City Council to vote on call for law against buying sex
Tonight’s council meeting will debate a Labour motion which would see Cork become the latest council to call for a change in law.
# Prostitution
Anti-trafficking group calls for ban on paying for sex
Turn Off the Red Light, a group of 56 charities, has told an Oireachtas committee that Ireland should follow Sweden’s lead.
# Prostitution
Longford council calls for change in prostitution laws
Longford is the second county council to pass a motion proposing the government outlaw paying for sex.
Voices
Column: Sex workers face brutal abuse. Do we want this to be ‘normal’?
It’s time for legal action on the ‘oldest profession’ – which is far from a necessary evil, writes Denise Charlton.
# Prostitution
Law banning purchase of sex "would reduce sex trafficking and prostitution"
Police officers from Sweden and Norway met with members of the Gardaí, the HSE and other organisations to discuss making the purchase of sex illegal in Ireland.
Voices
Column: Do we have the right to buy or sell sex?
Criminalising people who pay for sex diverts attention from the real victims being exploited, argues Paul Ryan