Lobbyists say making payment for s*x illegal targets punters. But in fact it makes workers’ bodies into crime scenes
Paying for s*x has been illegal in Ireland for two years. At the time of the law’s introduction, proponents insisted that the Criminal Law (S****l Offences) Act 2017, a version of “end demand” or “Nordic model” legislation, would decriminalise s*x workers while targeting pimps and punters. Such are the claims of Nordic model lobbyists across the globe, and it’s with this idea in mind that paying for s*x is now illegal in not just Ireland but Northern Ireland, France, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
Last week, however, two young migrant women living in Kildare, Ireland – one of whom is pregnant – were jailed for nine months for being s*x workers, on charges of keeping a brothel, although in reality they were simply sharing the space. This week two women from Killarney were similarly arrested for brothel-keeping. So much for “decriminalisation”. To date, just one client has been charged with paying for s*x.