Today Nasc made a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the Review of Prostitution Legislation. As a new member of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign, Nasc called on the Government to introduce legislation that would criminalise the purchase of sex. We believe targeting the demand for sex will help reduce human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of migrant women.
Our submission focused on providing information and recommendations based on our knowledge and experience working with migrants. In addition to recommending the criminalisation of the purchase of sex, we made several additional recommendations including: the removal of any legislation that criminalises prostitutes, the reform of trafficking legislation to enable more prosecutions, the development of a victim-centred approach to providing support for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation that treats trafficking as a human rights issue instead of as an immigration issue, and ongoing consultation with victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation and sex workers. You can read our submission here.
We are delighted that the Government has made this review a public process and we are looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the public debate about the future of prostitution legislation in Ireland.