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Sex workers in Northern Ireland criticise criminalisation printable version
21 Oct 2014: posted by the editor - Northern Ireland
The criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Northern Ireland has been criticised by sex workers who say it will only serve to drive prostitution further underground and further marginalise those providing the service.
Lacking a support organisation in Northern Ireland, those voicing their objections sent a writtent statement to the website UglyMugs.ie, requesting it was forwarded to the media.
The statement reads in full: "We, as sex workers are devastated to hear about the news that the purchase of sex will be criminalised in Northern Ireland under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill. This new bill will only drive sex work further underground and make it more dangerous for the most marginalised sex workers.
"The Northern Ireland Assembly are not listening to current sex workers who will be affected by this new legislation and the evidence released by the Department of Justice on Friday backs this up. 98% of sex workers surveyed are against this new law and 85% working in the industry said it would not reduce trafficking.
"We ask the Northern Ireland Assembly to reconsider this law and look at the evidence. This law will not reduce trafficking and will make working conditions more unsafe."
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