(I can't see a thread on the following consultation)
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has started a public consultation process on the future direction of legislation on prostitution.
New consultation on prostitution laws - RT News
The official press release is here:
The Department of Justice and Equality: Shatter Announces Publication of Discussion Document on the Future Direction of Legislation on Prostitution
The discussion document itself is here:
The Department of Justice and Equality: Discussion Document on Future Direction of Prostitution Legislation
The consultation has been welcomed by the Immigrant Council of Ireland:Discussion Document on Future Direction of Prostitution Legislation
I am pleased to publish this discussion document, which is being issued to assist a public consultation process on the future direction of legislation on prostitution.
The criminal law in this area is being reviewed primarily because of the changed nature of prostitution in Ireland. Prostitution in this country was once mainly a street-based phenomenon. That is no longer the case. The organisation of prostitution is now much more sophisticated, highly mobile and is easily facilitated by the use of mobile phones and the internet.
While there is a significant amount of criminal legislation in this area already, there is always scope for change and improvement. It is important to review the law periodically to ensure it is up to date and comprehensively responds to altered circumstances.
Discussion Document on Future Direction of Prostitution Legislation http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/JELR/Discu...egislation.pdf (Size - 329KB)
Broad welcome to news that prostitution laws will be reviewed - Newstalk.ie
They are one of the members of The Turn Off The Red Light campaign:
Who are we? | Turn Off The Red Light.ie
There are lots of women's and feminist groups involved in that campaign.
For some reason, Ruhama are not a member of that campaign.
Although it is rarely mentioned in the media, Ruhama was founded as a joint initiative of the Good Shepherd Sisters and Our Lady of Charity Sisters.Ruhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works on a national level with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
Those two religious groups are still the Trustees.
An alternative view is given by the “Turn Off the Blue Light” website:
Turn Off The Blue Light | Sex workers need human rights, not legal wrongs
Some feminists do not hold this view that prostitution should be completing eradicated. For example, from what I can recall, they believe women should be allowed make their own decisions about their body.Welcome to the “Turn Off the Blue Light” (TOBL) website.
We are a sex worker led association campaigning against calls to criminalise the purchase of sex, and for the health, safety, human, civil and labour rights of sex workers in Ireland.
There is currently a “Turn Off the Red Light” (TORL) campaign being run by an alliance of organisations. They say they want to end prostitution and sex trafficking and ‘the solution’ is to criminalise the purchasers of sex. We believe the real agenda is to have their own ideology on sex work enacted as law. Further criminalisation would drive the sex industry deeper underground and make it more dangerous for everyone. Our priority is the well being of persons in sex work, not any moral agenda, thus we strongly oppose the TORL campaign. The opposition | Turn Off The Blue Light
We are an association of Irish sex workers and others with an interest in the welfare of sex workers in Ireland. We are led by sex workers. Membership of Turn Off the Blue Light is open to all individuals and organisations who support our objectives, but only those working in the sex industry are voting members. About | Turn Off The Blue Light
At this current time the threat of further criminalisation is imminent, and we need sex workers to be included in this debate, not excluded, as is currently the case. Whatever your views on sex work are, it is not right that sex workers are being denied a voice in discussions on laws that will seriously impact our lives.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the consultation and afterwards.
I'm not sure there are many politicians who be willing to support some models of prostitution that exist in other countries e.g. tolerance zones, or what happens in Germany, where prostitution is legal (according to: Prostitution in Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). I have heard of some councils in the UK facilitating disabled people use prostitutes (I think in the Netherlands).
I believe it is likely the Swedish model will be adopted. This model means the purchasers of sex are criminalised, but the suppliers are not. This seems an unfair way to do things. However, I'm not sure if many politicians will be willing to challenge the model.
[BTW, I have never used a prostitute (or similar services).]