Our organisations witness the impacts of sexual exploitation on women, particularly those women struggling with addiction, migrant women, and trafficked women and girls. The Irish sex trade mirrors the international sex trade and the overwhelming majority of those selling sexual access are women and girls who experience the intersection of multiple, systemic oppressions and vulnerabilities including racism, insecure migration status, addiction, housing insecurity and income poverty.
The sex trade is an industry based on exploitation. We promote the Equality Model as the best way to end this exploitation and to challenge the profound gender and racial inequality and injustice that is central to the demand that drives the trade’s enormous profitability. The Equality Model holds perpetrators of this gender-based violence to account by making it illegal to pay for sex, to compel or coerce someone into prostitution, or to organise or run a brothel. The Equality Model means that any women who find themselves in the position of selling sexual access are not criminalised.