LW : call to legislate to ban purchasing of sex

31 August 2012

Labour Women have made a submission to the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter TD to legislate to ban purchasing of sex in Ireland. The submission was made in the context of a public consultation regarding prostitution laws in Ireland by the Minister.

'Legislating to ban purchasing of sex is a measure which best tackles prostitution and human trafficking. Focusing on demand is the most effective way to combat sex trade and protect those involved in prostitution', said Sinead Ahern, Labour Women Chair.

'We must get over the myth that prostitution is inevitable. Instead we must recognise that prostitution is harmful and abusive.

'Prostitution and the sex industry pro mote the myth that it is acceptable to have access to a supply of women and children who can be bought and create a group of men and women who become legitimate targets for sexual exploitation. For many men and women vulnerabilities such as drug habits or poverty or simply their desire for a better life are deliberately exploited in order to meet the demand for prostitutes. t is the responsibility of the State to address these issues through a comprehensive strategy tackling prostitution and trafficking of women and children.

'With an estimated one thousand girls and women for sale each day in Ireland, those 1 in 15 men who buy sex can cause much abuse. They should not have our permission to do so.'

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