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
Date Written: September 19, 2019
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
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