Brid argued in the Dáil (debates on Criminal Law Sexual Offences Bill – 2015)  that as per Nordic/Sweedish model – criminalising buyers of sex doesn’t work. Campaigns like ‘Turn off the red light’ though well-meaning,can actually further endanger sex workers because by criminalising the purchase of sex – it drives it underground, and therefore increases the vulnerability of sex-workers. Bríd quotes research by Amnesty Internation to back up her point

 

 

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Brid speaking against a bill that proposes criminalising those who buy sex, arguing it would drive prostituion further underground and that it would put sex-workers, who are already vulnerable, in a worse situation. We should instead consult with the sex workers themselves look at the research in this area who shows criminalising the punter doesn’t help the women, rather the opposite.

 

 

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