LW urge soccer fans not to use prostitutes as Euro 2012 kicks off

7 June 2012

Labour Women urges Irish soccer fans travelling to the games not to use prostitutes during the Euro 2012 games in Poland. Labour Women joins the Europe-wide campaign 'Together for a Europe free from prostitution' to combat prostitution and raise awareness of the harm done by prostitution.

"We know that demand for the sex trade goes up during big games. In 2006, the European Parliament stated that "Experience has shown that any major sporting event at which large numbers of people congregate results in a temporary and spectacular increase in the demand for sexual services". We are asking Irish fans to continue being the best fans in the world and not use any prostitutes during their stay in Poland", says Katherine Dunne, Labour Women Chair.

"The European Women's Lobby, who are spearheading the 'Together for a Europe free from prostitution' campaign, quotes figures which illustrate the violence against those in prostitution. 73% of women in prostitution report having been subjected to physical aggressions while in prostitution. 68% of women in prostitution meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the same range as victims of torture. 62% of women in prostitution report having been raped.

"We are asking Irish fans not to put any money in the pockets of the pimps who control the sex industry. The murky world of the sex trade is one of violence, money and crime. Let's not support it."

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