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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.

Anti-human trafficking conference for Dublin

“It is the little island of Ireland stepping up as much as it can in terms of awareness so that people realise that human trafficking is hidden in plain sight, and there is so much trafficking beyond the sex trade” – Anne Kelleher, Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT).

2019.02.20.

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.

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.

More action needed to protect victims of prostitution and trafficking

While implementing the law is a good first step, wider Irish society needs to know that it is now illegal to buy sexual access to another person

2018.03.29.

Victims of trafficking rescued in Ireland

“Last year we provided vital support to 92 women who were victims of sex trafficking - helping them to rebuild their lives and their sense of selves,” - Ruhama

2017.10.19.

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.

Homeless group rejects “cynical” donation

We are incredibly grateful to ICHH for having the integrity and understanding not to accept this money – SPACE International.

2016.12.22.

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.

Renewed call to enact law to criminalise sex buyers

TD John Halligan's comments re-ignites call to criminalise the purchase of sex in Ireland.

2016.08.09.

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.

Ruhama helped 88 victims of sex trafficking in 2014

"This Christmas Day, while most of us settle down to a meal with loved ones, many women will be in brothels waiting for a call from their next buyer".

2015.12.08.

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.

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.

Ruhama opposes Amnesty’s ‘sex workers’ proposal

"This policy fails on many levels to recognise the violence, coercion, poverty and other vulnerabilities that draw so many vulnerable women and girls into the sex trade.”

2015.08.06.

Ruhama seeks volunteers

“Whether it be the women we meet on the street or the other volunteers and permanent staff, my life is richer from having met them all" - Ruhama volunteer.

2015.06.29.

All Ireland campaign against prostitution

Poll finds that 88% of Irish men have never bought sex; just 8% say they have, but not regularly, with 4% not responding.

2015.04.23.

Stop criminalising women in prostitution: Ruhama

New outreach van to help women involved in street-based prostitution launched.

2015.03.31.

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.

Charities assess challenges of 2014

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

2014.12.28.

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.

Conviction for organised prostitution welcomed

Ruhama expresses concern that trafficking charges were not put forward in the case.

2014.07.29.

US report highlights shortcomings on trafficking

Annual US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report launched.

2014.06.22.

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.
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