Press statement: Demand for sex work has not decreased in Northern Ireland

Client criminalisation is not fit for purpose, has has been met with an increase in sex trafficking and is actively harmed the mental health of sex workers in Northern Ireland, according to a new report from the Department of Justice. Kate McGrew, current sex worker and spokesperson for the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) said […]

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What do you think about the new sex work legislation here in Ireland

Ask your candidate about sex work laws

In less than 2 weeks we take to the polls again to vote for politicians to represent us on a local and European level. Sex workers are rarely heard by politicians so WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please ask your candidates about what they will do to help sex workers. Many politicians will not have considered […]

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Inernational Sex Workers Rights Day

Press release: International Sex Workers Rights Day

Today, the 3rd of March is International Sex Workers Rights Day. The Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) is the only sex workers rights groups in Ireland who places currently working sex workers at the heart of the campaign. We are also the only sex worker group in the country that supports male and trans sex […]

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Zero Discrimination Day

Press release: Sex work laws are discriminatory says SWAI

We are highlighting the laws surrounding sex work in Ireland as discriminatory laws today on the UNAIDS Zero Discrimination Day. This year UNAIDS are using Zero Discrimination day to draw attention to the many laws which create barriers to health and safety, as well as many other human rights breaches.  Kate McGrew, director of Sex […]

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Statement about Google and Ugly Mugs

SWAI is extremely concerned for the safety of sex workers in Ireland, as Ugly Mugs a widely used by sex workers has been rejected by Google to allows its app to screen calls and texts. This app screens calls and text for dangerous clients. Ugly Mugs applied for an exemption to new rules by Google […]

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End Violence Against Sex Workers

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 Against Sex Workers. In a year of difficult conversations which challenged the status quo […]

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Reclaim the Night Belfast

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 boots to fill and it is extremely difficult […]

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