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  • Title: Turn Off The Red Light.ie | End Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in Ireland
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to content.. Home.. Dublin Area.. Take Action.. Take Action Step 1.. Take Action2.. About.. Who are we?.. The campaign so far.. Campaign resources.. Facts.. The situation in Ireland.. The situation in other countries.. Testimonies and Case Studies.. More resources.. News.. Events.. Videos.. Donate.. Our Submission.. Action.. Subscribe.. Contact.. Turn Off the Red Light members joined by TDs and Senators outside of Leinster House to mark EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2013.. Turn Off The Red Light is a campaign to end prostitution in Ireland now, and to end sex trafficking to Ireland.. We are campaigning to criminalise the purchase of sex.. Learn more about the campaign.. here.. Women and children are exploited in Ireland s sex industry.. Some have been trafficked into Ireland in order to be made work in the sex industry.. Very few women choose to willingly engage in prostitution.. Most who are involved have had very few real choices.. Some argue that prostitution is a harmless, commercial transaction between consenting adults.. That women choose to become involved in prostitution and should have the freedom to do so.. We refute this.. Learn more about countries where the purchase of sex has been criminalised.. Women involved in prostitution suffer severe physical and emotional harm from providing sex to multiple partners on a daily basis.. They are vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, and to violent attack and the threat of violence.. They often live under the control over those who run the prostitution agency, and do not know to whom  ...   Turn Off the Red Light Campaign.. Sex Buyer Laws Win Council of Europe Support.. Punish sex buyers to reduce prostitution, EP committee says.. What is Turn Off the Red Light?.. Turn Off The Red Light is a campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland.. It is being run by a new alliance of civil society organisations.. Trafficking women and girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation is a modern, global form of slavery.. We believe that the best way to combat this is to tackle the demand for prostitution by criminalising the purchase of sex.. Find out more.. How you can lobby your TDs on this issue.. Help fund us!.. Contact Us.. How to get in touch.. with Turn Off the Red Light.. RSS Feed.. Subscribe to the RSS Feed.. for Turn Off the Red Light.. ie.. Search for:.. Testimonies.. "It felt like a prison, no time for lunch and I was on call 24/7.. I saw between five and seven men a day, with occasionally a day off – but never a Saturday or a Sunday.. There was no choice about which men you saw and some men wanted sex without condoms.. If you refused to have anal sex you had to pay a penalty or the ‘security’ men would beat you up.. " (Isobel).. Read more testimonies.. Latest Tweets.. Error: Twitter did not respond.. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.. Facebook.. |.. Twitter.. Admin.. Powered by.. Wordpress.. | Website by.. Jean O'Brien.. for.. Polity..

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  • Title: Dublin Area | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: Step One ».. Select your constituency.. Move your mouse over the map until your constituency is indicated, then click the mouse to go to the page for that constituency.. Alternatively you can select your constituency from the list on the right.. Carlow County Council.. Carlow County Council Borris.. Carlow County Council Carlow.. Carlow County Council Carlow East.. Carlow County Council Carlow West.. Carlow County Council Muinebheag.. Carlow County Council Tullow.. Carlow–Kilkenny.. Cavan County Council.. Cavan County Council Bailieborough.. Cavan County Council Ballyjamesduff.. Cavan County Council Belturbet.. Cavan County Council Cavan.. Cavan–Monaghan.. Clare.. Clare County Council.. Clare County Council Ennis East.. Clare County Council Ennis West.. Clare County Council Ennistymon.. Clare County Council Killaloe.. Clare County Council Kilrush.. Clare County Council Shannon.. Constituencies.. Cork City Council.. Cork City Council North-Central.. 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  • Title: Take Action | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: TDs in.. constituency.. Seamus Healy TD (IND).. seamus.. healy@oireachtas.. Tom Hayes TD (FG).. tom.. hayes@oireachtas.. Mattie McGrath TD (IND).. Mattie.. McGrath@Oireachtas.. Micheal Lowry TD (IND).. michael.. lowry@oireachtas.. Minister Alan Kelly(LAB).. office@alankelly.. Noel Coonan TD (FG).. noel.. coonan@oir.. Ciara Conway TD (Lab).. ciara.. conway@oireachtas.. Joanna Tuffy TD (Lab).. joanna.. tuffy@oireachtas.. Willie Penrose TD (Lab).. willie.. penrose@oireachtas.. Billy Timmins TD (FG).. billy.. timmins@oireachtas.. Senators in.. Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú (FF).. labhras.. omurchu@oireachtas.. Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh (SF).. trevor.. oclochartaigh@oireachtas.. Senator Denis Landy (Lab).. denis.. landy@oir.. Senator Lorraine Higgins (Lab).. lorraine.. higgins@oir.. Senator James Heffernan (Lab).. james.. heffernan@votelabour.. Senator Aideen Hayden (Lab).. aideenhayden@eircom.. net.. Senator Marie-Louise O Donnell (Indo).. marielouise.. odonnell@oireachtas.. Senator Mary Ann O Brien (Indo).. maryann.. orbrien@oireachtas.. Senator David Norris (Indo).. david.. norris@oireachtas.. Senator Fiach Mac Conghail.. fiach.. macconghail@oireachtas.. Your Details.. Fields marked with an asterix.. *.. must be completed.. * Name:.. * E-mail:.. * Home Address:.. Area / Town:.. * City / County:.. Select your city/county.. -----.. Antrim.. Armagh (City).. Armagh (County).. Belfast.. Carlow.. Cavan.. Cork (City).. Cork (County).. Derry (City).. Derry (County).. Donegal.. Down.. Dublin 1.. Dublin 2.. Dublin 3.. Dublin 4.. Dublin 5.. Dublin 6.. Dublin 6w.. Dublin 7.. Dublin 8.. Dublin 9.. Dublin 10.. Dublin 11.. Dublin 12.. Dublin 13.. Dublin 14.. Dublin 15.. Dublin 16.. Dublin 17.. Dublin 18.. Dublin 20.. Dublin 22.. Dublin 24.. Dublin (County).. Fermanagh.. Galway (City).. Galway (County).. Kerry.. Kildare.. Kilkenny (City).. Kilkenny (County).. Laois.. Leitrim.. Limerick (City).. Limerick (County).. Longford.. Meath.. Monaghan.. Offaly.. Roscommon.. Sligo.. Tipperary.. Tyrone.. Waterford (City).. Waterford (County).. Westmeath.. * Country:.. Select your country.. -------.. Afghanistan.. Åland Islands.. Albania.. Algeria.. American Samoa.. Andorra.. Angola.. Anguilla.. Antarctica.. Antigua Barbuda.. Argentina.. Armenia.. Aruba.. Australia.. Austria.. Azerbaijan.. Bahamas.. Bahrain.. Bangladesh.. Barbados.. Belarus.. Belgium.. Belize.. Benin.. Bermuda.. Bhutan.. Bolivia.. Bosnia Herzegovina.. Botswana.. Bouvet Island.. Brazil.. British Indian Ocean Ter.. Brunei.. Bulgaria.. Burkina Faso.. Burundi.. Cambodia.. Cameroon..  ...   Island.. Nth Mariana Islands.. Norway.. Oman.. Pakistan.. Palau.. Palestine.. Panama.. Papua New Guinea.. Paraguay.. Peru.. Philippines.. Pitcairn.. Poland.. Portugal.. Puerto Rico.. Qatar.. Réunion.. Romania.. Russian Federation.. Rwanda.. St Barthélemy.. St Helena.. St Kitts Nevis.. St Lucia.. St Martin.. St Pierre Miquelon.. St Vincent Grenadines.. Samoa.. San Marino.. São Tomé Príncipe.. Saudi Arabia.. Senegal.. Serbia.. Seychelles.. Sierra Leone.. Singapore.. Slovakia.. Slovenia.. Solomon Islands.. Somalia.. South Africa.. South Georgia.. Spain.. Sri Lanka.. Sudan.. Suriname.. Svalbard Jan Mayen.. Swaziland.. Sweden.. Switzerland.. Syria.. Taiwan.. Tajikistan.. Tanzania.. Thailand.. Timor-Leste.. Togo.. Tokelau.. Tonga.. Trinidad Tobago.. Tunisia.. Turkey.. Turkmenistan.. Turks Caicos Islands.. Tuvalu.. Uganda.. Ukraine.. United Arab Emirates.. United Kingdom.. United States.. Uruguay.. Uzbekistan.. Vanuatu.. Venezuela.. Viet Nam.. Virgin Islands British.. Virgin Islands U.. S.. Wallis Futuna.. Western Sahara.. Yemen.. Zambia.. Zimbabwe.. Check Your Message.. Dear (each TD / Senator will get a seperate, personalised email).. Message Subject.. (edit the text - optional).. Message Text.. As my public representative I would be grateful if you would encourage new Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD to introduce laws targeting sex buyers to end exploitation, abuse and trafficking.. It has now been over a year since the Justice Committee issued their report which unanimously recommended such laws after studying 800 submissions and 6 months of hearings.. The time to push for this vital legislation is now.. As other countries act in this area Ireland is still lacking legislation which would protect women and girls from exploitation and trafficking into the sex trade, and would put pimps and traffickers out of business.. As my public representative I am asking you to take action now, and to encourage Minister Fitzgerald to table a bill as soon as the Dáil resumes.. I look forward to your response.. Kind regards,.. Yours sincerely.. etc,.. Please check all the above information is correct before sending the message..

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  • Title: Take Action Step 1 | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
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  • Title: Take Action2 | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: Councillors in.. council.. Cllr.. Seamus Hanafin (FF).. hanafin@tipperarycoco.. Micheál Lowry.. micheal.. lowry@tipperarycoco.. Jim Ryan (Non-Party).. jim.. ryan@tipperarycoco.. Michael Smith (FF).. smith@tipperarycoco.. John Hogan (FF).. john.. hogan@tipperarycoco.. Willie Kennedy (Non-Party).. kennedy@tipperarycoco.. Joe Bourke (FG).. Jackie Cahill (FF).. jackie.. cahill@tipperarycoco.. David Doran (SF).. doran@tipperarycoco.. John Carroll (FF).. carroll@tipperarycoco..

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  • Title: About | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: The campaign is being run by an alliance of civil society organisations, unions, non-governmental organisations and individuals.. (For details of who we are, see.. ).. We aim to raise public awareness about the dangers of prostitution and sex trafficking and to lobby the Government to introduce legislation to end the exploitation of women, men and children in the sex industry.. We believe that the best way to combat sex trafficking and prostitution is to tackle the demand for paid sex by criminalising the purchase of sex.. (.. ).. The scale of the problem.. In 2007, the Immigrant Council of Ireland commissioned research designed to map the scale of Ireland’s sex industry and to uncover the scale of exploitation of women and girls.. The resulting report, Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution – The Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland, uncovered the shocking reality of rape, abuse and sexual exploitation of victims of sex trafficking.. It documents the physical, emotional and psychological harm these women and girls suffered.. The report was based on interviews with women and the examination of data and information from service providers.. It revealed that, over a 21-month period from 2007 to 2008, 102 women and girls who were victims of trafficking presented at services.. (This used the internationally-agreed definition of victims of trafficking.. ) Of these, 11 were children at the time they were trafficked.. We also know that these are a fraction of the real number of victims of trafficking in this country.. These are the ones who were rescued or escaped from their traffickers and pimps.. The sex industry in Ireland has undergone significant changes in recent times.. It has moved off the streets and into apartments and houses.. Men now access prostitution via the internet or their mobile phones.. The overwhelming majority of the women involved are migrant women.. The research highlights the fact that there is no clear line between those who are trafficked and those who “consent” to become involved in the sex industry.. Many of the women involved in Ireland’s sex industry, even those who do not meet the definition of a victim of trafficking, have had no real choice: poverty, deception  ...   decriminalising the selling of sex.. Practice shows that this approach reduces demand for prostitution and incidences of trafficking for sexual exploitation.. Among the countries that penalise the purchase of sex are Sweden, Norway and Iceland.. The UK enacted legislation on April 1, 2010, penalising those who purchase sex from “controlled” people.. The law in Sweden was introduced in 1999 in response to concern that prostitution constitutes violence against women and is incompatible with gender equality.. The law imposes penalties of a declarative nature to buyers of sex but decriminalises sellers of sex.. The law enjoys consistently high public support in Sweden, with surveys indicating that more than 70% favour the measures.. The legislation recently underwent a 10-year evaluation, which found a reduction in the number of men paying for sex, a reduction in the number of women involved in prostitution, and a dramatic reduction in the numbers of women and girls trafficked to Sweden for the purposes of sexual exploitation.. The shrinking commercial sex industry in Sweden impacted on the level of sex trafficking in adjacent countries, resulting in Norway and Iceland deciding to replicate the Swedish legislation in recognition of its merits.. After carefully examining the prostitution regimes in Europe, the UK recently banned the purchase of sex from controlled individuals.. “Controlled individuals” refers to those people who are under the control of pimps or have been trafficked and other forms of dependency.. Being unaware that the individual is under the control of another person is not a defence under the UK legislation.. It is expected that the law will apply to most prostitution-related situations and will deter demand for paid sex, albeit not in all cases.. What can be done.. The alliance believes the Irish Government must recognise need for a modern approach to prostitution that reflects best international practice.. We believe tackling the demand for paid sex should be central to this approach to combating the exploitation of women, men and children in Ireland’s sex industry.. We believe this will most effectively achieved by penalising the purchase of sex, and decriminalising people in prostitution, along the lines of legislation that has been demonstrated to work in Sweden.. Read more:..

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  • Title: Who are we? | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: The Turn Off The Red Light campaign is made up of the following organisations:.. AkiDwA.. Aoibhness Refuge.. APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking).. ASCEND Domestic Abuse Services Tipperary.. Barnardos.. Bray Women’s Refuge.. Cairde.. Children s Rights Alliance.. Clare Women s Network.. Clondalkin Women s Network.. Cois Tine.. Communications Workers’ Union.. Cork Feminista.. Domestic Violence Advocacy Service.. Dominican Justice Office.. Doras Luimni.. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.. Focus Ireland.. FOF (Feminist Open Forum).. FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications).. Freedom From Pornography Campaign.. Immigrant Council of Ireland.. Impact Trade Union.. Integration and Support Unit.. Inchicore Outreach Centre.. IRD Duhallow.. Irish Congress of Trade Unions.. Irish Countrywomen’s Association.. Irish Feminist Network.. Irish Girl Guides.. Irish  ...   Link.. Macra na Feirme.. Mayo Intercultural Action.. Men’s Development Network.. MOVE Ireland.. Nasc Ireland.. National Child Protection Training Centre.. National Women’s Council of Ireland.. One in Four Ireland.. Pavee Point Travellers Centre.. Public Service Executive Union committee.. RCSACC Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.. Rape Crisis Network Ireland.. Rathmines Women’s Refuge.. Religious Sisters of Charity.. Ruhama.. SAFE Ireland.. Saoirse Refuge.. SIPTU.. SONAS Housing.. Soroptimist International Ireland.. Sport Against Racism Ireland.. SPACE International.. Stop Sex Trafficking Cork.. Stop Sex Trafficking Kerry.. Tearfund Ireland.. TEEU (Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union).. The Integration Centre.. Tirzah Ireland.. Union of Students in Ireland (USI).. UNITE the Union.. VAW Exhibition 365.. Viva House.. Women’s Aid.. Young Social Innovators Ireland..

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  • Title: The campaign so far | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: May 2014.. - Turn Off the Red Light reaches 70 members as Cork Feminista and ASCEND Domestic Abuse Services Tipperary join the campaign.. The coalition now has a combined membership of over 1.. 6 million people.. April 2014.. - the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) votes in favour of a resolution entitled Prostitution, Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Europe.. The resolution passed with a large majority and recognized the inextricable link between the phenomena of prostitution and trafficking, and supports the Swedish model as a way addressing trafficking and exploitation in the European sex trade.. Critically, the resolution also called for resources to be devoted to exit programmes for women seeking to leave prostitution, which would include counselling, legal and health services.. April 2014-.. a majority of the Northern Ireland Justice Committee votes in favour of Lord Morrow s Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill , including clause 6 which would criminalise the purchase of sex.. Turn Off the Red Light as well as many of the campaign s partner organisations submitted evidence to the committee and were called to testify in Stormont in the months leading to the vote.. March 2014-.. the Immigrant Council of Ireland launches the.. Stop Traffick! Report- Tackling Demand for Sexual Services of Trafficked Women and Girls.. in collaboration with four European partners.. The report researches the attitudes and characteristics of buyers of sex, and issues a wide-range of recommendations as to how the demand which fuels sex trafficking could be tackled.. A key recommendation is that the purchase of sex be criminalised, as buyers identified this as one method which would deter them.. February 2014 -.. MEP Mary Honeyball s Report on Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution and its Impact on Gender Equality is passed by the European Parliament in a milestone for gender equality throughout Europe.. The Report passed by 343 votes to 139, with 105 abstentions, and found that violence is inherent to the system of prostitution.. It also pointed to the Swedish model as a successful approach to tackling trafficking, supporting women who are in prostitution, and changing the public mindset to one where purchasing sex is not acceptable.. February 2014.. - a full meeting of the Turn Off the Red Light Coalition is held at European Parliament Buildings, Molesworth Street, with all partners and politicians invited.. The partners hear from survivors of prostitution Rachel Moran and Justine Reilly, and discuss future campaign strategies.. December 2013-.. the French National Assembly votes to enact a bill which would criminalise the purchase of sex, while removing laws criminalising solicitation.. The bill must be approved by the French Senate.. When enacted purchasing sex will be a crime, subject to a fine of 1,500 Euro for the first offence and 3750 E for further offences.. The bill also includes measures to support women trapped in the sex trade and dedicates resources to exiting strategies.. December 2013.. - the Supreme Court in Canada strikes down the country s prostitution laws as unconstitutional, and gives the Canadian government a year to produce new legislation.. October 2013.. – The European Women’s Lobby hosts a conference in the European Parliament on the Brussels’s Call to MEPs “Together for a Europe Free from Prostitution” supported by over 200 NGOs from around Europe and over 60 MEPs.. September 2013.. The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings published a report on Ireland’s implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.. GRETA received shadow submissions from many NGOs and interested members of civil society, including many TORL members, which had a clear influence on the recommendations made in the report.. In particular, TORL welcomed the following of GRETA’s recommendations:.. For the Irish authorities to review the policy of accommodating suspected victims of trafficking in accommodation centres for asylum seekers.. That the Irish government ensure that avenues of compensation are easily accessible to trafficked persons.. GRETA recommends formalising the role and input of specialised NGOs in the identification process of victims of trafficking.. June 2013.. The Joint Oireachtas Committee published its report ‘Report on the Review of the Legislation on Prostitution in Ireland’, which unanimously recommended that a law should be passed criminalising people who pay for sex, along the lines of the Swedish model.. The report made a series of other recommendations for legal reform including increasing penalties for trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation.. December 2012.. The Joint Committee begins its hearings on submissions received, continues to sit for 6 months.. July 2012 -.. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality invites written submissions from interested groups/individuals on the review of prostitution legislation.. The Committee received over 850 submissions.. June 2012.. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter announces publication of Discussion Document on the Future Direction of Legislation on Prostitution.. This follows Shatter’s announcement that he will be arranging a public consultation process as part of the review.. February 2012.. – Following on from the RTE Primetime documentary Profiting from Prostitution members of the TORL campaign were invited by the  ...   clubs and strip clubs.. March 5, 2010 – ICTU passes a motion supporting the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Ireland, and pledges to support of the national campaign against demand in Ireland.. This motion is adopted at the ICTU all-Ireland conference in Belfast.. February 14, 2010 – Escort Ireland sends Valentine’s cards to local and national politicians asking them to support their petition for the legalisation of brothels.. ICI responds in a letter to all politicians and received strong support from respondents.. February 4, 2010 – Irish brothel-keeper TJ Carroll is sentenced on a number of prostitution-related charges, but not trafficking charges, in Wales.. Submissions to the Court depicted a situation in Ireland which reflected the findings of the research, “Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: The Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland”.. December 8, 2009 – End Prostitution Now campaign launched in Glasgow (www.. ednprostitutionnow.. org).. November 19, 2009 – Sex Worker’s Alliance formally launched.. November 17-18, 2009 – Fine Gael Private Member’s Motion calling for revision of the current prostitution regime, exploring the models in Sweden and in the UK The Minister for Justice stated that the emerging public debate on the Swedish model is useful.. Encouraging the relevant Oireachtas committees to study the Swedish model, and link with the Dignity project.. November 5, 2009 – Conference with a focus on demand under the Dignity umbrella.. A high-ranking Swedish police officer gave a presentation on policing of the Swedish law and its impact on prostitution and sex trafficking in Sweden.. October 2009 – Labour Women Motion A Labour Women conference passed a motion calling for the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.. This motion is in line with the general policy paper on Violence against women adopted by the Labour Party in 2006.. January 2009-December 2010 – DIGNITY project in progress A joint initiative of the ICI and the DEP receives European funding.. A consortium of government and non-governmental bodies is established that will explore and implement best European models of service provision for women and girls who are victims of human trafficking.. ICI works closely with the Anti-Human Trafficking unit and the Garda National Immigration Bureau.. September 2009 – ICI trains the Legal Aid Board (LAB) The ICI delivered a two-day training programme for legal practitioners from the LAB in Ireland.. The National Action Plan to Combat and Prevent Human Trafficking in Ireland, identified the ICI as the national expert group that is best positioned to train the members of the LAB, that will be the statutory agency entrusted with delivering legal aid to victims of human trafficking in the State.. August 2009 – ICTU hosted Summer School in Waterford, where Denise delivered a presentation on human trafficking.. A view was expressed that the Irish Trade Unions do not consider “sex work” and “prostitution” to be a vocation and will never get involved in organising people involved in prostitution into a professional union.. June 2009 – The NACD (National Action Committee on Drugs) published a report analysing the experiences of women drug-addicts involved in street prostitution.. The Sex Workers Alliance announces their support for the Legalisation of prostitution campaign.. June 2009 – Conference “The Dilemma of Demand” co-hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Irish Human Rights Commission.. Attended by representatives of the police, the Department of Justice, the main domestic and international NGOs, as well as by many foreign embassies.. June 2009 – During a debate in the Seanad, the Minister for Justice expressed his concern that the criminalisation of the purchase of sex will infringe on the rights of the sex workers in Ireland.. June 2009 Senator Ronan Mullen brought a Private Member’s Motion for the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.. April 2009 – ICI published a report “Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: The Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland”, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Charity.. The report showed that:.. * The sex industry has expanded and has now an estimated value of €180m per annum.. * The indoor sex industry dominates the commercial sex market in Ireland.. * An estimated 1000 women a day are involved in indoor prostitution.. * About 90% of all women in indoor prostitution are migrant women.. January 2008 Ruhama invited Agneta Bucknell, former head of the Prostitution Unit in Sweden to Ireland, to a press conference in order to promote legislation to criminalize the purchase of sexual services.. October 2007 the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) received funding from the Religious Sisters of Charity and commissioned ground-breaking research exploring the Irish indoor sex industry.. 2007/8 The debate on prostitution gained prominence again in 2007/8, when the Houses of the Oireachtas discussed the then-proposed Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Bill 2007 and, in particular, the opportunity to criminalise the purchase of (sexual) services from trafficked people, in order to meet certain requirements posed by the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.. 2006 Grainne Healy and Monica O’Connor, leading Irish women’s rights activists, published a handbook emphasizing the links between prostitution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation..

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  • Title: Campaign resources | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: Here are some key documents for download:.. Local Elections 2014 TORL Flyer.. Turn Off the Red Light.. Leaflet.. Briefing Paper.. Barnardos paper.. on Child Prostitution.. STOP TRAFFICK.. ! Tackling Demand for Sexual Services of Trafficked Women and Girls.. Learning from Sweden.. the Dignity Project 2010.. Controversy over new sex laws Letter from Eamon Devoy, TEEU.. - January 2014.. Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: The Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland Full length document.. Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: The Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland Summarised document.. Further resources and research are available..

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  • Title: Facts | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: Ten Facts About Prostitution.. Courtesy of the.. Demand Change!.. campaign.. Download a sheet on.. Myths and Facts.. , and a.. Job Description.. for prostitution, (courtesy of.. End Prostitution Now.. FACT 1: Prostitution is not an issue of choice.. Many women choose to enter prostitution through lack of choice and a large number are coerced by pimps or traffickers.. 75% of women in prostitution became involved when they were children.. 70% spent time in care and 45% report experiencing sexual abuse during their childhoods.. Once in prostitution, 9 out of 10 surveyed women would like to exit but feel unable to do so.. It is the men who buy sex who are exercising free choice, and it is this ‘choice’ to purchase vulnerable women and girls that expands prostitution and fuels trafficking for sexual exploitation.. FACT 2: Prostitution is not about sex.. Prostitution is about exploitation, violence and abuse.. More than half of UK women in prostitution have been raped and/or seriously sexually assaulted at the hands of pimps and punters; up to 95% of women in street prostitution are problematic drug users; and 68% of women in prostitution meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the same range as victims of torture undergoing treatment:.. “I would numb my feelings I would actually leave my body and go somewhere else with my thoughts and with my feelings until he got off me and it was over with.. I don’t know how else to explain it except it felt like rape.. It was rape to me.. ” (Survivor of prostitution).. FACT 3: Prostitution is harmful in and of itself.. Legalisation or complete decriminalisation of the entire industry doesn t remove the harm of prostitution– it simply makes that harm legal.. Legalisation or complete decriminalisation of the industry does not deal with the long term psychological and physical effects of having unwanted and often violent and abusive sex numerous times a day and having to act like you enjoy it.. To cope with this, women in prostitution report having to disassociate and ‘split off’ in their heads hence why drug and alcohol abuse is so prevalent.. FACT 4: Prostitution does not need to be legalised or completely decriminalised to provide better protection for women.. A sympathetic response from police when women report rape or violence should be the norm for all women regardless of who they are or what they do.. It is not necessary to legalise the sex industry in order to extend such basic rights and services to women in prostitution.. In fact legalisation just serves to expand an industry in which violence against women is at its most extreme.. FACT 5: All women s groups want to decriminalise those selling sexual acts.. There is broad consensus across the women’s movement that those who sell sexual acts the vast majority of whom are women should NOT be criminalised for the exploitation they face.. This means that all criminal records and ASBOs  ...   joke.. There is no such thing as a ‘clean safe place’ to be abused in.. For a man to think he can buy a woman s body is insane Marnie did not choose prostitution; her addictions did, and any man who bought her body for their sexual pleasure should go to jail for exploiting her desperation.. ”.. FACT 8: Decriminalising prostitution sends out the message that is is harmless.. Legalising prostitution or decriminalising the entire industry sends out a message to new generations of boys and men that women are objects for sexual use and that prostitution is harmless fun.. Is this what we want, for generations of boys to grow up thinking that it is normal for men to have entitlement over women as sexual commodities? What is the meaning of our efforts to combat sexual harassment and male violence in the home, the workplace and the streets if men can buy the right to perpetrate these very same acts against women and children in prostitution?.. Legalising or decriminalising the entire industry of prostitution normalises an extreme form of sexual subordination, it legitimises the existence of an underclass of women, it reinforces male dominance, and it undermines struggles for gender equality.. It is time to start tackling the attitudes which say that it is acceptable to view and treat women as sexual objects by tackling the demand for commercial sexual exploitation.. FACT 9: Legalisation or decriminalisation of the entire industry expands prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation.. Legalisation and complete decriminalisation gives a green light to pimps and traffickers making it easier for them to operate.. In New Zealand, complete decriminalisation has led to the illegal sector expanding to make up 80% of the industry, and according to the Mayor of Amsterdam “it is impossible to create a safe and controllable zone for women that is not open to abuse by organised crime”.. FACT 10: Tackling demand for prostitution decreases prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation.. Criminalising the purchase of sex whilst at the same time decriminialising those who sell sexual acts and offering support services to people in prostitution is the only viable way to work towards an end to this exploitative industry.. Criminalising the purchase of sexual acts makes punters take responsibility for their actions and sends out a clear message that it is not acceptable for women to be treated as commodities to be bought and sold for sexual use.. Several countries throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Lithuania, South Korea and Cambodia have successfully introduced legislation that tackles the demand for sexual acts.. In Sweden, where this legislation has been in force since 1999, there has been a significant reduction in trafficking and prostitution with a halt in the recruitment of new women.. Sweden is a no longer an attractive destination for traffickers, and the number of men purchasing sexual services has fallen significantly the law clearly works as a deterrent.. See also:.. Demand_Change Campaign UK..

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  • Title: The situation in Ireland | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
    Descriptive info: Download:.. What a law targeting demand will do.. Buying sex is not illegal in Ireland.. Neither is selling sexual services.. The law protects these transactions as agreements between consenting adults.. Some activities associated with prostitution are outlawed, however, as public order offences.. These include curb-crawling, soliciting in public, loitering in public places, brothel-keeping and living off immoral earnings.. While it is illegal to have sex with someone younger than 17, the courts have ruled that being mistaken about the age of the young person may be used as a defence.. In 2008, it became illegal to buy sex from someone who had been trafficked.. This was done through the Criminal Justice (Human Trafficking)  ...   and there is concern that this may be interpreted as requiring a conviction of a person for the trafficking offence before somebody could be prosecuted for buying sex from the trafficked person.. Also, the Act does not provide for strict liability.. This means that the purchaser of sex can use the defence that he did not know that the person from whom he was purchasing sex had been trafficked.. In contrast, the equivalent law in the UK, the Policing and Crime Bill, imposes strict liability: the purchaser of sex from a trafficked person cannot use the defence that he did not know that the person from whom he bought sex had been trafficked..

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