Kicking It To The Kerb


90300676 Former US President Jimmy Carter

Former US president Jimmy Carter has called on Ireland to take a lead in introducing legislation to target the buyers of sex.

In letters to the Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and all members of the Oireachtas, Mr Carter urged politicians to act with a “sense of urgency” to protect prostituted women and girls. In the letters, Mr Carter acknowledges the progress being made in Ireland towards passing legislation that would target the buyers of sex.

Ireland urged to take lead to target buyers of sex (RTÉ News)


Both The Lancet and The Economist have called for prostitution to be decriminalised:

Sweden’s avowed aim is to wipe out prostitution by eliminating demand. But the sex trade will always exist—and the new approach has done nothing to cut the harms associated with it. Street prostitution declined after the law was introduced but soon increased again. When Rhode Island unintentionally decriminalised indoor prostitution between 2003 and 2009 the state saw a steep decline in reported rapes and cases of gonorrhoea. Governments should focus on deterring and punishing such crimes [slavery and child prostituition] and leave consenting adults who wish to buy and sell sex to do so safely and privately online.

A personal choice (Josie Delap, The Economist)

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24 thoughts on “Kicking It To The Kerb

  1. Sidewinder

    Hate the word “prostituted”. Either people are engaged in sex work of their own volition (not passively as the word implies, removing the agency of sex workers) or they’re enslaved.

  2. Odis

    Lol another yank that thinks Ireland is a great place to start a crusade. I wonder where they get that idea from?

    1. scottser

      it’s to plug his book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. the oul codger is out for a few bob is all.

      1. Dhaughton99

        I’m reading a book on the secret service and he was the worst president to look after. Has complete disregard for other people. Couldn’t stand ordinary people. Not a thing nice about him. Hilary clinton is the same.

    2. Anne

      I don’t know why he’s appealing to us to take action on this.
      He clearly hasn’t been informed of our world class undercover sting operations, with the Ban Gardaí dressing up as hookers and enticing potential customers.

      Why bother with the tough work of dealing with criminal gangs, when you can have the lols with your colleagues and play dress up?

        1. Anne

          That actually happened.
          And all the potential customers were named and shamed in the papers too, probably ruining their lives and that of their families.

          1. Kill The Poor

            They were breaking the law Anne & trying to exploit women who have no choices left in life left but sell their bodies for money.

            You seem to be contradicting other points you’ve made on this forum just to take a not so good pot shot at the gardai here.

          2. Anne

            If you google Limerick Ban Gardaí dressed as hookers in world class undercover sting operation, you’ll probably find it Will-Billy.

            @Kill The Poor,
            Sorry, what other points did I make that contradict what I wrote there?
            Did I say elsewhere I believe the customers of prostitutes should be named and shamed in the national newspapers?
            Eh, no I don’t think so.

            Did I say I think the way to go to tackle criminal gangs, pimping out vulnerable women, is to have our ban gardai dress up as hookers to entrap men?
            Also, eh, no I don’t think so.

          3. Spartacus

            It was Operation Freewheel.

            I recall that the Gardai concerned were reported to be detectives rather than uniformed. Can we use the term Ban Gardaí these days?

    3. ZeligIsJaded

      But he’s right.

      And we should ban drugs too.

      No drugs, bad men or too much drinking.

      We should have done it years ago.

      And no being mean either….or angry.

      It’s gonna be great

  3. Eamonn Clancy

    This is missing something else; people also pay to have sex with animals, shock horror. How many laws is that messed gig breaking?

  4. Planet of the Missing Biros

    I thought rape was an act of violence towards women as opposed to a dire need for sex.

    Men who really need sex and don’t know where Coppers is don’t just go out and rape a woman.

  5. Tragic Kingdom

    Tiresome one-sided Rhumaha shit. And as that’s an American expression, it should be spelled as “Kicking it to the curb.”

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