Cork City Council pass motion to make purchase of sex illegal

Tue, September 25, 2012

Nasc is delighted with the unanimous support of Cork City Council in passing a motion last night to call on the government to criminalise the purchase of sex. The motion was proposed by Councillor Catherine Clancy (Lab), who has campaigned for many years to combat prostitution and trafficking in Ireland.

Cork City Council is one of the largest local authorities to back the national campaign to criminalise the purchase of sex as part of a wider strategy to tackle the trafficking of women, men and children into Ireland for exploitation and prostitution. Similar motions have been passed in Longford, Leitrim and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.

The motion was supported by an alliance of local organisations working to combat trafficking and prostitution, including the Sexual Violence Centre Cork, Cois Tine and Nasc. All three organisations are members of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign.  Cork City Council’s support will lend significant weight to the national campaign to combat trafficking and prostitution.

The Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter recently launched a discussion paper on prostitution, and solicited public submissions in advance of a Joint Oireachtas review of prostitution legislation. Nasc sent in a written submission and we are pleased to have been invited to attend an upcoming conference in the Department of Justice and Equality to discuss the future direction of prostitution legislation.

For more information about our campaign to combat trafficking, contact our Campaigns and Communications Officer, Jennifer DeWan at

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