Sex work



PSNI appoints three new sex work liaison officers

The PSNI has appointed three new sex work liaison officers under a scheme launched in 2015, bringing the total to five.

Published 16 March 2020

Three convictions to date under Ireland's sex buyer ban

Only three people have been convicted of buying sex under legislation commenced nearly three years ago, according to a new report on the law.

Published 30 January 2020

England: Women with past prostitution convictions bid to scrap soliciting law

Three women who won a landmark case against having to disclose past convictions for prostitution-related offences are returning to court today in a bid to overturn the criminalisation of soliciting.

Published 21 January 2020

Findings of Northern Ireland review of sex purchase ban 'also applicable' south of the border

An official review which found that Northern Ireland's ban on the purchase of sex has had "minimal to no effect" should be taken seriously by policy-makers south of the border, a lawyer has said.

Published 23 September 2019

Sex purchase ban has had 'minimal to no effect' on demand, supply or human trafficking

Northern Ireland's ban on the purchase of sex has had "minimal to no effect" on demand for paid sex, the number of sex workers or levels of human trafficking for human exploitation, according to research commissioned by the Department of Justice.

Published 19 September 2019

Gardaí urged to revise policies following analysis of brothel-keeping cases

Campaigners have urged gardaí to revise their policies following new analysis which shows that over 150 sex workers have been prosecuted for brothel-keeping in the last decade.

Published 9 August 2019

Jailing of sex workers shows sex purchase laws 'not fit for purpose'

The jailing of two sex workers, including one who is pregnant, shows that Ireland's sex purchase laws are "not fit for purpose", a sex workers' rights group has said.

Published 11 June 2019

Sex workers welcome conviction of man for raping two women working as escorts

An organisation representing sex workers in Ireland has welcomed the conviction of a man for raping two women who were working as escorts.

Published 13 May 2019

Up to 36 people face prosecution for buying sex after gardaí days of action

Up to 36 people face prosecution for buying sex after three "national days of action" by An Garda Síochána, the force has announced.

Published 30 April 2019

Massage parlour owner who thought offering 'manual relief' was legal given suspended sentence

A woman running massage parlours in Dublin who told gardaí she thought the offering of "manual relief" was legal has received a fully suspended prison sentence.

Published 16 January 2019