Sex Crimes Bill represents a blueprint for new Government

Sex Crimes Bill represents a blueprint for new Government

“Huge political progress of recent months must be built upon when

Justice Minister appointed”

Statement by the Immigrant Council of Ireland

The huge political support for the Sex Crimes Bill shown in both the Seanad and Dáil has laid a solid foundation for Ireland to join the list of countries targeting demand for sex trafficking and prostitution, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

The Council says it is clear that the debate on how to end prostitution and sex trafficking has changed for ever with politicians accepting the overwhelming evidence that sex buyer laws work.

The Immigrant Council, one of the 73-organisations which make up the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign, says it will work in cooperation with any newly elected Government and Minister for Justice to ensure the momentum of recent months is not lost.

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

“While there is understandable disappointment that the clock has run out on passing the Sexual Offences Bill before the calling of the General Election, campaigners can be proud of what has been achieved.

Turn Off the Red Light groups represent every part of Irish life – all coming together to stand in solidarity with survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking to demand change.

Through our efforts all major parties, in Government and in opposition, together with large numbers of independent politicians, heard our call and accepted our evidence based arguments.

This election may change the political landscape – but it will not change the evidence we have placed before the Oireachtas nor will it impact on the criminal empires running prostitution in this country.

It is for that reason that the Immigrant Council and its partners are ready to work with all elected to office in the coming weeks to turn the bill into law and offer hope to those trapped in lives of exploitation, abuse and violence.”

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