‘Every year Ruhama works with more than 300 women in Ireland whose lives have been seriously, and in some cases irreparably, damaged by prostitution.’  Photograph: Getty Images

Prostitution exists because there is a demand for it. The sex trade is driven by sex buyers. But the number of women who freely and actively choose(...)

‘Several studies have found that in countries where buying sex is decriminalised, sex trafficking is more prevalent.’ Photograph: Getty Images

On August 11th, the human rights organisation Amnesty International voted at its international council meeting in Dublin to adopt a policy that suppor(...)

Policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation. Photograph: Getty Images

Amnesty International has taken the controversial step of voting for the decriminalisation of sex work and prostitution, as well as for the decriminal(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)

Amnesty International stages a protest against Ireland’s abortion laws outside the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Amnesty International looks set to pass a controversial resolution calling for the decriminalisation of sex work. Up to 500 members of the internation(...)