Sex Buyer Law comes in to force in Northern Ireland

On 1st June 2015 the Sex Buyer Law came in to force in Northern Ireland. It makes Northern Ireland the first part of the UK where paying for sex is a criminal offense, while selling sex is not a criminal offense.

This new legal framework recognises prostitution as a form of violence against women, driven by the demand from a minority of men to pay for sex. First adopted by Sweden in 1999, the Sex Buyer Law has been shown to reduce demand for prostitution, change public attitudes and make the country in question a more hostile destination for traffickers.

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