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(Left to rigth) Women’s Aid chief executive Sarah Benson, Vodafone chief executive  Anne O’Leary, and Det Chief Supt Declan Daly at launch of BrightSky, a free app providing information on domestic abuse and sexual violence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Reporting concerns that a neighbour or friend might be being domestically abused to gardaí is a “civic duty”, a senior member of the force has said. (...)

‘We have been informing women on the streets that they are no longer criminalised and this has been very positive’

Globalisation and changes in migration patterns have resulted in a “highly organised, transnational” sex trade thriving across Ireland, according to R(...)

Detectives stopped and spoke to 36 individuals, all men that they suspected of having paid for sex, as part of Operation Quest. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Garda, under pressure to show it is enforcing a controversial 2017 law targeting the sex trade, questioned 36 people over the weekend for allegedl(...)

There is  a cohort in Ireland ‘helping criminal gangs to make millions upon millions through the exploitation of vulnerable women’, says Ruhama. Photograph: Anoek de Groot/AFP/Getty Images)

The Government needs to ensure An Garda Síochána is properly resourced to enforce a new law criminalising the purchase of sex, a charity which works w(...)

‘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(...)

Should the purchase of sex be a criminal offence?  Photograph: Getty Images

Amnesty International this month voted for the decriminalisation of sex work and prostitution, as well as for the decriminalisation of the purchase of(...)

 The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Ms Fitzgerald was one of the speakers at the launch of the new male-focused Prostitution - We Don’t Buy It campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Most Irish men have never paid for sex and claim that they never will, but can still play a vital role in fighting the “enslavement” of women caught u(...)

 Sarah Benson, chief executive of   Ruhama, said that of the 219 women who presented for casework support last year, 83 had been trafficked here.  Photograph: Maura Hickey.

A “national conversation” on how best to support women in prostitution and tackle sex trafficking is needed, the chairwoman of the main charity workin(...)

Ruhama says the majority of those working  in the indoor sex trade in Ireland are migrants.

The only voluntary organisation in the State supporting women affected by prostitution was accessed by more women last year than any in its over 20-ye(...)

Women on their way into the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality earleir this year. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A law criminalising payment for sex through prostitution has been recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice.The report on Review of the Legis(...)

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