68 groups involved in the ‘Turn Off the Red Light’ campaign will be lobbying politicians today to make it illegal to buy sex.
The groups’ aim is to end prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland. Currently, it is not illegal to buy or sell sex in Ireland, but certain activates like kerb-crawling and brothel-keeping are illegal.
Last summer, the Oireachtas Justice Committee recommended introducing laws to criminalise the purchase of sex.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland said it is vital to keep up the pressure on politicians.
“They were very clear in their recommendations, and we assume the Government will act upon it … there is phenomenal support for the change,” said Denise Charlton, Chief Executive.
“Now the change needs to happen, so we’re very optimistic.”
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.
Mel McCarthy is undertaking the Cork City Half Marathon this year and has kindly nominated the SVC as his chosen charity. His fundraising page on mycharity.ie outlines all the details. Thank you Mel all the support.
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Being and Being Bought: An interview with Kajsa Ekis Ekman
Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist and the author of “Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self,” which was recently translated into French and English.