The Turn Off The Red Light Campaign billboard

‘Only 2% of sex workers who responded to the survey supported criminalising the purchase of sex.
61% of NI-based sex workers in the survey thought it would make them less safe.
85% believed that it would not reduce sex trafficking.
Only 16% of respondents to the client survey said it would make them stop paying for sex altogether.
There is likely to be significant difficulties with enforcement.’

New research from Queen’s University – the first time that “people involved in selling and buying sexual services have been directly approached in relation to prostitution policy in Northern Ireland”.

Mark Malone writes:

Looks like critics of the Turn Of The Red Light campaign have real empirical evidence to support their position. Its about time similar research was done here.

An independent research report into prostitution in Northern Ireland (DNJI)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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10 thoughts on “A Red Light

  1. Delacaravanio

    The organisations campaigning for this law to be changed claim they want to eliminate trafficking. The fact that most of those organisations have a moral objection to prostitution means they won’t consider the most effective way to prevent trafficking (regulation of the sex industry in legal brothels) and instead push for the so-called Swedish model which pushes the sex trade deeper underground and into the hands of criminal gangs who are more likely to traffic and exploit women. New Zealand, a country with a lot more in common to us than Sweden, decriminalised and regulated prostitution in 2003. This resulted in massive falls in HIV and trafficking, but we hear nothing about it because it doesn’t push the real agenda behind the so-called turn off the red light campaign.

    1. Alfred E. Neumann

      Feminists don’t all agree with each other. It’s not like a Match of the Day panel.

      I imagine there are sound feminist arguments on both sides of this.

    1. Soundings

      Or, as long as they have a cameraphone in the vicinity of the deed, they can claim they’re making Q Desir 2 (and probably seek a grant from the Irish Film Board).

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