Ireland looks to adopt the Sex Buyer Law

The Republic of Ireland is the latest country to announce it is looking to adopt the Sex Buyer Law. The law criminalises paying for sex acts, decriminalises being paid for sex acts and provides support and exiting services for people exploited through prostitution. The Cabinet agreed to proceed with legislation criminalising paying for sex on Tuesday 25th November and the Bill is due to be published later this week.

The announcement follows a high-profile and sustained campaign by Turn Off the Red Light – an alliance of survivors, services providers, trade unions and others who have called for the adoption of the Sex Buyer Law in Ireland.

Last month the Northern Ireland Assembly also voted to adopt the Sex Buyer Law.

It’s now time for the whole of the UK to step up and follow suit.