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Ruhama welcomes new chief executive

New chief executive, Barbara Condon, has more than 20 years' experience in the health care sector.

2019.07.11.

Call to protect vulnerable women by Turn Off the Red Light alliance

Alliance wants to meet with Gardaí to discuss the continued implementation of the more recent Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, and ensure it is used in the way in which it was intended – to support those who are sexually exploited.

2019.06.20.

Victims of sex trafficking “are living and working beside you”

They may not look like victims of sex trafficking because they are not locked away, and they may be able to attend health checks or go to Western Union to wire some money home.

2019.03.03.

Ruhama hails conviction of sex buyer under new law

“We know that buyers don’t care about the welfare of the person they are seeking so-called ‘sexual services’ from, even when they are victims of trafficking. Paying for sex is not an expression of sexuality: it is primarily the assertion of male dominance over women.”

2019.01.22.

Vatican publishes resource to aid the battle against human trafficking

“Despite the formal abolition of the slave trade, the exploitation of some human beings by others has not ended and now takes place in terrible new forms on a significantly large scale.”

2019.01.21.

No convictions since introduction of laws against violent sex crime

“We are deeply disappointed that no convictions against sex buyers have been secured under this legislation to date. The law cannot therefore be said to have been fully implemented” – Sarah Benson, CEO, Ruhama.

2018.06.21.

92 victims of sex trafficking supported by Ruhama in 2016

“It is now illegal to purchase sex in this country and the penalties for organising and profiting from prostitution have been increased. More needs to be done to ensure that these laws are properly enforced.”

2017.08.29.

Bill criminalising purchase of sex will protect vulnerable

“Targeting buyers means we can reduce the demand for women and children to be coerced into selling sexual services” –Turn off the Red Light.

2017.02.09.

Ruhama welcomes arrest of traffickers but not of trafficked

“There needs to be a consistent approach that supports those in prostitution and where we see pimps and other exploiters being prosecuted, not the women,” Ruhama said.

2016.11.03.

Pope highlights plight of women enslaved by prostitution

On the Feast of the Assumption, Pontiff calls attention to women "forced to surrender in both body and spirit to the avarice of men".

2016.08.16.

Ruhama calls for law to combat trafficking & prostitution

301 women were assisted by the NGO according to the 2015 Annual Report including 94 victims of sex trafficking, an increase of six over the previous year (88 in 2014).

2016.06.28.

Ireland is on the cusp of beating sex traffickers

Ruhama is urging the next government to make the Sexual Offences Bill an absolute priority and place it at the top of their agenda as soon as they come to power.

2016.02.04.

Govt urged to do more for those in prostitution

President of RENATE and spokeswoman for Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT) jointly criticise Amnesty International’s stance on prostitution.

2015.11.13.

Advance of sex buyer’s law in Seanad welcomed

There is broad acceptance across political parties about the links between organised crime & prostitution & the need to put these gangs out of business.

2015.10.08.

Bishops to issue statement on refugee crisis today

Contribution of religious congregations to the efforts to eradicate human trafficking and provide care and support to victims recognised.

2015.10.01.

Pope expresses concern at growing culture of waste

"Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity" Pontiff warns at UN General Assembly in New York.

2015.09.26.

Call for law to protect trafficked sex workers

Sexual Offences Bill will be an opportunity to “wreck the business model” for pimps and traffickers and ensure that Ireland is no longer a safe haven for such crimes.

2015.08.19.

Priest to do run to raise awareness of trafficking

“In recent days the large scale loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea has once again highlighted human trafficking as a real and present problem” - Primate.

2015.04.22.

First ever day of prayer against human trafficking

Bishop McAreavey calls for law to criminalise the purchase of sex to be enacted quickly in the Republic of Ireland.

2015.02.09.

‘What can we do to tackle scandal of trafficking’

Catholic Primate says New Year's resolution should include personal and public awareness of what trafficking is and how it can be prevented.

2015.01.01.

Charities assess challenges of 2014

Setting up of Charities Regulatory Authority “a watershed moment for transparency” for charities in Ireland.

2014.12.28.

Pope Francis appeals for an end to slavery

Message for ‘World Day of Peace’ tackles human slavery, migration, slave labour, organ trafficking, those forced into prostitution, and child soldiers.

2014.12.11.

Ruhama welcomes Bill criminalising buying of sex

Bill will hold sex buyers to account for their key role in fuelling organised crime and perpetrating abuse against victims of trafficking and exploitation.

2014.11.28.

Liberalising prostitution isn’t the solution

Speaking at the launch of Ruhama's annual report, Senator Bacik says criminalising the purchaser has resulted in a reduction in prostitution and trafficking in Sweden.

2014.11.06.

Northern Ireland votes to hold sex buyers to account

“Crucial” that Minister Fitzgerald implements legislation to criminalise the purchase of sexual services in the Republic: Ruhama.

2014.10.21.

Ruhama welcomes launch of Child Grooming Bill

"Grooming has been something Ireland has lacked the legislative mechanisms required to deal with up until now.”

2014.09.10.

Criminalise buyers of sex in Ireland Carter urges

“Prostitution is inherently violent towards women and girls” former US president warns.

2014.09.02.

Report outlines key challenges for trafficked

Ruhama calls for “more proactive criminal investigation of the sex trade and other environments where other forms of trafficking can occur.”

2014.05.03.

Ruhama welcomes prostitution legislation vote

“In passing this resolution, the European Parliament is acknowledging the intrinsic link between prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation.”

2014.02.28.

Ireland a destintion for traffickers and pimps – Ruhama

A record number of women accessed Ruhama's services last year.

2013.11.08.
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