So Call Our New Prostitution Law?

Dame_Enda

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Theres a case in the news today about two prostitutes that were raped by a man. The judge said one of the factors in the case was the secrecy they were forced to work in.

Clearly the new law has exposed sex workers to greater danger because if they work alone they are in more danger, but have to do so or they are criminalised.
 


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Theres a case in the news today about two prostitutes that were raped by a man. The judge said one of the factors in the case was the secrecy they were forced to work in.

Clearly the new law has exposed sex workers to greater danger because if they work alone they are in more danger, but have to do so or they are criminalised.

He got a 20 year stretch.

Well done judge Tara Burns. People are people.
 

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Joe.ie reporting today that all the parties except the government are calling for a review of the 2017 law and to consider decriminalising sex workers who live together. As explained before, the current law is criminalising those who work together. The result is many work alone, where they have noone to protect them from potentially violent clients. The Dept of Justice is saying it still opposes decriminalising them.

The thing is, despite the likelihood theres now a majority for this, Fine Gael keeps using a parliamentary procedure called the "money message" to block legislation supported by Dail majorities. The FG government has used it maybe 50 times since 2016, including for Frances Black's bill on blocking trade with Israeli settlements. Will they do that again? Probably.

While decriminalisation of these women would be a major improvement on the flawed Sexual Offences Act 2017, the decriminalisation of non violent clients is in my view also necessary. Consenting adults should not be criminalised, and the current system risks introducing entrapment of consenting adults into policing in the South, judging by recent arrests of suspected clients in New Ross who were alleged to be using a brothel.
 

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Joe.ie reporting today that all the parties except the government are calling for a review of the 2017 law and to consider decriminalising sex workers who live together. As explained before, the current law is criminalising those who work together. The result is many work alone, where they have noone to protect them from potentially violent clients. The Dept of Justice is saying it still opposes decriminalising them.

The thing is, despite the likelihood theres now a majority for this, Fine Gael keeps using a parliamentary procedure called the "money message" to block legislation supported by Dail majorities. The FG government has used it maybe 50 times since 2016, including for Frances Black's bill on blocking trade with Israeli settlements. Will they do that again? Probably.

While decriminalisation of these women would be a major improvement on the flawed Sexual Offences Act 2017, the decriminalisation of non violent clients is in my view also necessary. Consenting adults should not be criminalised, and the current system risks introducing entrapment of consenting adults into policing in the South, judging by recent arrests of suspected clients in New Ross who were alleged to be using a brothel.
So you will have a situation where a service is fully legal to provide and illegal to avail of!
 

Dame_Enda

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So you will have a situation where a service is fully legal to provide and illegal to avail of!
That might be what the parties (except maybe the Greens who I think also opposed criminalising clients) want. I support decriminalising both client and sex worker as long as its adults. Only a totalitarian regime runs around trying to stop adults having consensual sex.
 


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