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Press release: Garda and laws fail the most vulnerable

While new report shows that Sex Workers working even in partially criminalised settings face three times the amount of violence, it remains completely illegal for two workers to work together for safety in Ireland. Today is International Day to Eliminate Violence...

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Speech at Reclaim the Night Belfast 2018

Last night we spoke at the Reclaim the Night Belfast march. Below is the text of our speech. Firstly, thank you for having SWAI here and asking us to speak. I honestly wish I wasn't standing here talking, but my colleague and friend Laura Lee instead. These are big...

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DECRIMINALISE SEX WORKERS, SAYS HASC

Laura Lee, 5th July 2016 In an interim report published today, Friday 1 July 2016, the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) says that soliciting by sex workers, and sex workers sharing premises, should be decriminalised. The Committee says the Home Office should...

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Universal Periodic Review

SWAI was happy to work and contribute with Abortion Rights Ireland and the Sexual Rights Initiative on the new Universal Periodic Review for 2016. In 2015 the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) recommended that Ireland “take all necessary...

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Belfast Coffee Gatherings

Emily very kindly offered to host our first Belfast Coffee Gathering in May and we have just had a second one in July. Not only did we get a choice of coffee, tea or squash, but also Emily made to die for freshly baked cakes, that totally ruined my diet, as they were...

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ICRSE Conference

Between the 4th and 6th of June 2015 SWAI took part in a conference involving sex workers and supports from 8 European countries. The event organised by the ICRSE was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lyon protests where sex workers occupied the Église Saint...

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May Day

May Day is celebrated around Europe as International Workers Day. A day were we traditionally celebrate workers and demand fair treatment and rights from our employers and governments. This year for the first time SWAI took part in the May Day march in Dublin. We...

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Realising Sex Workers Rights

On February 4 SWAI launched it’s long awaited paper “Realising Sex Workers Rights” to a packed out room in Buswells Hotel. The document is a collaborate project involving SWAI. sex workers, academics, legal experts and health care providers. It aims to bring forward...

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The Views Of Real Sex Workers Part 2 Kate

I am a Sex Worker and have been involved in this occupation for approximately 4 years. I started part-time in order to supplement my regular wage and soon discovered that I enjoyed the work and that I would be in a better position to pay off debts incurred through...

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Words from an Irish Sexworker

My name is Laura and I am an escort based in Scotland although I spent a great deal of my early working life in the sex industry in Dublin and indeed travelling around the Irish country. I have first hand experience of working in massage parlours in Dublin before...

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