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.
Find out more about this historic move:
- Campaigner and survivor Mia de Faoite delivers a speech in Stormont to mark the Sex Buyer Law coming in to force.
- Rachel Moran, founder of SPACE International, writes movingly about how this was a very hard won campaign.
- Campaigner Diane Martin CBE explains why “it feels wonderful that there are now places where I could not legally be for sale”.
- Former detective superintendent of Suffolk Constabulary, Alan Caton, calls for the rest of the UK to follow Northern Ireland’s lead.