Pimps just one step from bankruptcy as Seanad passes Sex Crimes Bill

Statement by the Immigrant Council of Ireland

Pimps, sex-traffickers and thugs are just one step away from seeing their criminal empires crumble with Senators passing the Sex Crimes Bill, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

The Council says the measures in the bill to combat child grooming, online sexual offences and demand for prostitution and sex trafficking are now ‘achievable’ following the Seanad decision.

The bill must now go to the Dáil but the Immigrant Council says if the political will continues then it could be passed before the General Election is called.

Denise Charlton, Anti Trafficking Expert with the Immigrant Council of Ireland added:

“The passing of the bill in the Seanad – including sex buyer laws – shows that the debate around prostitution, sex trafficking and organised crime in Ireland has changed forever.

Senators accept the overwhelming evidence that those who buy sex are fuelling criminal empires which trample over the rights of women and girls. Now we are on course to wreck the business model which allowed this evil trade to flourish.

We are calling on the political consensus achieved in the Seanad and previously in the Oireachtas Justice Committee to continue into the Dáil and for every effort to be made to make this bill a reality.”

Brian Killoran, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland added:

“Through the Turn Off the Red Light campaign every section of Irish society spoke out and demanded these laws – today is a victory for all who campaigned but in particular the brave survivors of prostitution who agreed to share their experiences in order to inform public opinion.

We owe it to those survivors and the more than 70 victims of sex-trafficking supported by the Immigrant Council to continue our efforts and ensure the Dáil acts swiftly to make these laws a reality.”

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