A Review of the Criminalisation of the Payment for Sexual Services in Northern Ireland

177 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2019 Last revised: 15 Oct 2019

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Graham Ellison

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

Caoimhe Ní Dhónaill

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Erin Early

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 19, 2019

Abstract

This report commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department of Justice is the first to be undertaken in any jurisdiction where sex purchase legislation is in force. It considers whether and to what extent the law has lived up to its stated aims and objectives. An analysis of prevalence data suggests that the period following the implementation of the legislation has seen an increase in the supply of prostitution services in Northern Ireland. The report further argues that sex purchase legislation is difficult to enforce, and has longstanding and damaging consequences for the wellbeing and mental health of sex working populations.

Keywords: prostitution, sex work, Nordic model, clients, criminalisation

Suggested Citation

Ellison, Graham and Ní Dhónaill, Caoimhe and Early, ERin, A Review of the Criminalisation of the Payment for Sexual Services in Northern Ireland (September 19, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3456633 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3456633

Graham Ellison (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
Ireland

Caoimhe Ní Dhónaill

affiliation not provided to SSRN

ERin Early

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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