Northern Ireland votes for Sex Buyer Law

The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted by an overwhelming majority to adopt the Sex Buyer Law. The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill will make it a criminal offence to pay for sex and decriminalise selling sex.

The BBC reports, “there is still some way to go before the bill becomes law, but the prospect of a ban on paying for sex in Northern Ireland has taken a significant step forward.” Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to vote for the Sex Buyer Law.

Huge congratulations to all survivors and organisations – including Women’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland and Ruhama – who campaigned tirelessly for this law in order to end demand for sex trafficking and prostitution.

Now it’s Westminster’s turn.