SEX BUYER LAWS WIN COUNCIL OF EUROPE SUPPORT
The Council of Europe has recognised that sex buyer laws are ‘the most effective tool for preventing and combating trafficking in human beings’ in a report which calls on all member states to consider such legislation.
Turn Off the Red Light welcomes the report,saying it is the latest in a string of findings across Europe in favour of laws which target demand for prostitution.
The report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also calls for:
- A ban on the advertising of sexual services, including forms of disguised advertising
- Counselling centres providing prostitutes with legal and health assistance
- Exit programmes for those who wish to give up prostitution
Welcoming the recommendations, Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of TORL partner Immigrant Council of Ireland said:
“The clear findings by the Council of Europe show once again that there is growing public and political momentum behind the introduction of sex buyer laws to shut down the biggest crime of our time.
The Council report comes on the back of the unanimous recommendations of the Oireachtas Justice Committee for such laws, as well as a vote in the French National Assembly and the European Parliament and the backing from all party committee of MPs in Westminster.
There is now widespread acceptance that these laws work and it is time for the Government here to act.”
A spokesperson for the campaign added:
“Once again politicians have examined how to curb trafficking and prostitution and have come to the conclusion that targeting demand, through sex buyer laws is the best way forward.
Ireland should now examine these recommendations together with the unanimous findings of the Oireachtas Justice Committee and act against a crime which takes up to €250m a year from the Irish economy.
It is time to act and shut down the pimps, traffickers and thugs.”
The report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe can be accessed at http://assembly.coe.int/ASP/Doc/XrefViewPDF.asp?FileID=20559&Language=EN
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 here.
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 they are expected to provide sex, or what might be demanded from them at any moment. This can lead to extreme isolation and a sense of shame. Learn more about the myths and facts of prostitution here.
The campaign to “turn off the red light” is being run by an alliance of Irish non-governmental organisations. Learn more here.
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