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Press statement:
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 NI, according to a new report

justice-ni.gov.uk/publications/a…
@uglymugsie @AmnestyIreland This report commissioned by the Department of Justice shows that there has not been a decrease in demand for sex work since the introduction of client criminalisation (also known as the Nordic Model) in Northern Ireland in 2015.
@uglymugsie @AmnestyIreland Instead, we have seen an increase in sex trafficking by 26% and the health of sex workers put at risk. belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-…
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Press release from 29th April
Gardaí questions 36 men but many more sex workers have been arrested says Sex Workers Alliance Ireland
Gardaí should protect the most vulnerable. Instead our laws put marginalised people in danger and waste precious Garda resources.
36 men have been questioned over purchase of sex in the past few days and, while this is a huge number this is still far less than the 55 workers who have been prosecuted for working together in safety*, so called brothel-keeping #DecrimForSafety
* From statistics we got from the Central Statistics office we know 55 people have been arrested for brothel keeping since the law was introduced in 2017 #SupportSafeSexWork
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Hello! Thank you so much Neville Southall for letting us use this account to talk about our message. This is @ladygrew tweeting for @SWAIIreland, the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, a sex worker-led organisation, who advocates and supports all sex workers on the island of Ireland.
A major focus for us is preventing criminalisation of sex work. Today is the 2 yr anniversary of the Sexual Offenses Act in Ireland, which criminalised the purchase of sex, and doubled already existing penalties for escorts working in pairs or groups. #DecrimForSafety
Client criminalisation was introduced purportedly to protect vulnerable people in sex work, but instead it has created "buyers' market" with clients having the bargaining power. #DecrimForSafety #SupportSafeSexWork @swaiireland
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