Sex work just got more dangerous in Northern Ireland…Stormont passes new law to criminalise men paying for sex

Posted: 11 December, 2014 in Sex Work
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Northern Ireland Assembly A repressive new to endanger sex workers by banning paying for sex in Northern Ireland has passed itsfinal stage in the Stormont Assembly.The region will become the first part of the UK to introduce such oppressive restrictions of liberty when the Bill receives the formality of royal assent.

The law change, championed by Democratic Unionist Assembly member Lord Morrow, has been hailed by Christian groups but denounced by prostitutes’ representatives.

The fate of the Bill’s contentious clause six, proposing the ban on purchasing sex, was uncertain at the outset of a crunch debate in October, with Sinn Fein’s decision to back the prohibition with the DUP proving crucial.


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