We have had a lot to say about the criminalising of buying sex in Ireland. We have been clear that it makes things more dangerous for sex workers, and there is no need to go over those old arguments again. However, former British brothel owner Vivien Ella Walden, 68 says there could be another side effect, with a possible increase in rape and other sex crime. Continue reading Does Making Buying Sex Illegal Increase Rape Threat?
It’s been confirmed that the President of Ireland signed the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2017 on February 22nd, the law that prosecutes sex buyers in the country. Continue reading The President of Ireland Signs (Sexual Offences) Bill into Law
Rose Alliance strongly condemns the vote by French National Assembly which criminalises the clients of sex workers in France. We stand in solidarity with the French sex workers who have fought against the introduction of this law and feel deep sorrow that yet another country has chosen the same path as Sweden despite evidence of the harm this path has caused here. Continue reading The Rose Alliance Condemns French Vote!
Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) call on Minister for Justice not to introduce laws criminalising the purchase of sex. Continue reading Sex Workers Against Criminalisation – Laura Lee Blog
As you know, I have been fighting the Swedish model for two years in Northern Ireland now and in spite of my best attempts, it came into law on June 1st. I have instructed Counsel and am ready to raise a judicial review at the High Court in Belfast. It’s going to cost £7,000 to get heard, and that’s where you come in. Continue reading Laura Lee Blog – I Need Your Help!
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
It is a very important day today, with Amnesty International’s international council voting today as to whether they should advocate the decriminalisation of sex work. For months we have heard that the greatest human rights group on the planet will be debating whether to take this monumental step, and now the day is finally here. Continue reading Amnesty International to Vote on Sex Work Decriminalisation Move
More than 600 individuals including 100s of sex workers and researchers expert on sex work and human rights have also signed the letter. Continue reading ICRSE Letter to Amnesty International
As an Irish sex worker, I have a lot of experience in the sex industry, 22 years in fact. I started at the age of 19, as the Saturday girl in a massage parlour. I was going through university and wanted to leave debt free. I also didn’t want to be tied down to working in a pub or a restaurant three/four nights a week. It’s not the most orthodox path for a student to take, but it’s increasingly common now, and for me it worked. Continue reading The Laura Lee Blog – Irish Tatler