This is a devastating time for sex workers in Ireland. This is a very dangerous law.
We are appalled that this Government is going against international expert opinion to bring in a law which jeopardises our safety, removes our bodily autonomy, and puts us at further risk of poverty. The Bill criminalises the purchase of sex to the tune of up to 500 eauro for the client, increases penalties to up to 5,000 euro and/or a year in jail for people working in pairs and groups, and includes measures to take sex workers’ fees as Proceeds of Crime. This has been a very thinly veiled moral crusade. Continue reading SWAI Statement on The Passing of Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill – Laura Lee Blog
With the current climate in the Republic of Ireland, it has never been more important to know where you stand if and when you come into contact with the authorities. At SWAI, we are committed to supporting you in every way we can, so please do get in touch. The following is a summary of your rights and a guide on what to do. Continue reading Sex Workers, Know Your Rights – The Laura Lee Blog
SWAI today, May 26th, welcomes the release of Amnesty International’s Global Policy on Sex Work and groundbreaking research into the impact of criminal laws on sex workers’ rights. Continue reading SWAI Statement on Historic Amnesty Policy
May Day is celebrated around Europe as International Workers Day.
A day were we traditionally celebrate workers and demand fair treatment and rights from our employers and governments. Continue reading Laura Lee Blog – Sex Workers Alliance Marches on May Day!
The Sex Workers Alliance Ireland would like to extend our thanks to the organisers and attendees of Saturday’s FEMPOWER conference. We received a warm welcome, and were met with significant interest and support from many of the women there, so much so that we ran out of copies of our policy document “Realising Sex Workers’ Rights in Ireland”. Continue reading Laura Lee – SWAI Statement on FEMPOWER
As a TD and decision maker you play an essential role in ensuring Ireland’s laws protect our most vulnerable people. Please use your elected office to protect some of our most vulnerable women and oppose Section 20 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015. Continue reading SWAI letter to Irish Deputies – Laura Lee
Cabinet approves Bill that will endanger the lives of sex workers –
Sex Workers Alliance Ireland is devastated by news that the Irish Government Cabinet approved the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill which seeks to criminalise the purchase sexual services in Ireland. Continue reading SWAI Press Release 16/9/2015 – Laura Lee
Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) are delighted to hear that Amnesty International’s resolution on protection of sex workers’ human rights has passed. Continue reading Laura Lee Blog – Victory is Here!
Plans to criminalise clients of sex workers are unwanted, much more unwelcome than their supporters claim and are built on bad foundations. In the following paragraphs I will go through some of the reasons why. Continue reading Laura Lee Guest Blog | A letter from an ally
This week’s guest blog from Laura Lee discusses the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Paper Launch, and what you can do to attend. Continue reading The Laura Lee Blog – Sex Workers Alliance Ireland – Paper Launch