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Sex workers are some of the strongest women you'll meetDubliner Laura Lee has the self-assurance of someone who has packed several lifetimes into her 40 years. After a couple of cul-de-sacs in law and banking, Lee has returned to the job that funded her first law degree: sex work.
Group lobby Justice Minister not to criminalise the purchase of sexA group representing sex workers is lobbying the Justice Minister not to criminalise the purchase of sex. Sex Workers Alliance Ireland is launching a policy brief this afternoon focusing on what it says is a 'human rights-based approach' to supporting women in the trade.
Sex Workers Alliance criticises Government legislationThe Government’s new laws for prostitution will endanger sex workers and do nothing to reduce sex trafficking, representatives of the Sex Workers Alliance said at a vigil last night.
Sex workers fear new law will put them in dangerA candlelit vigil was held outside the Dail last night to mark International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. The Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) said the introduction of laws to criminalise buying sex would put them at greater risk of abuse.
Criminalising the buyers of sex will endanger women, says sex workerSex worker and star of RTÉ's Connected Kate McGrew says that a proposal to criminalise the buyers of sex will lead to an increase in the illegal trafficking of women for the sex industry. “If I suffer from criminalisation of clients, and I will, the women who are most vulnerable will suffer so much worse. Trafficking will be worse if they introduce criminalisation. It breeds criminality and makes for shadier business,” says McGrew on this week’s “Roisin Meets” podcast.
I am not a criminal or a victim. I am a sex workerTo me the word ‘prostitute’ is used by people who look down on what I do, who seek to characterise me as a either a criminal or a victim. To me, I am a worker, who does a job, provides a service and who deserves labour rights
Why new law banning the purchase of sex is patronising and problematicStormont may be collapsing around their ears – broke, rancorous and dysfunctional – but if there’s one thing on which Northern Ireland’s divided politicians can always be sure to agree it’s the regulation and control of women’s bodies. All for their own good, of course.