57 thoughts on “Kicked To The Kerb

    1. dhaughton99

      Looks like he’s in a straight jacket. Are these celebs in Norway that we don’t know of, or just stock?

  1. Rob_G

    Strange campaign… I imagine most people already don’t use prostitutes, and are against sex trafficking.

    1. Eliot Rosewater

      And the minority that don’t probably won’t have their minds changed by that campaign. A strange one, alright.

      1. John E. Bravo

        I read something about the mentality of people who engage in outlying behaviour (in the original it was about sexual assault I think) – generally they believe that ‘everyone does it, but no one admits it’. Maybe this kind of campaign goes some way to highlighting to people who might think it’s okay to use prostitutes that people don’t actually do it and it’s not secretly acceptable.

        1. rotide

          Outlying behavior?

          I’ve never been to a prostitute and I certainly don’t think ‘everyone is at it’ but trying to deny that it has existed and will continue to exist for as long as humans exist is pretty silly

        2. Kevin Finnerty

          I disagree and think campaigns like this are ill-informed and detached from the reality of the situation. The idea that sex work and sex trafficking are somehow interdependent (when the vast majority of research in the area suggests otherwise) is extremely regressive and more harmfully, undermines any progress on the issue of sex workers rights. The EU backing campaigns based on the influence of conservative lobby groups rather than actual evidence is also rather disturbing.

          1. McBane

            Can’t let such an audacious claim go unchallenged. Post a link to a few of these research papers please. A quick Google search throws up plenty of papers proposing a link between the 2.

          2. Ms Piggy

            Well for proof of the assertion about the influence of conservative lobby groups, look no further than the background and ethos of Ruhama.

          3. McBane

            So you’ve nothing other than what an anonymous person on boards.ie told you about ruhama. Fair play. Just because you’ve been given an opinion an organisation, does not mean the “vast majority of research” shows no connection between trafficking and prostitution.

          4. Kevin Finnerty

            I am not trying to say that there is no link – there is in some cases – but figures bandied about claiming 80%-90% of all sex workers are ‘trafficked’ are totally disproportionate. I know that news articles aren’t neccesarily academic research but the articles below link to research by the World Health Organisation, the UN and a number of AIDs support groups that would support my claim.

            http://www.academia.edu/4956928/A_Question_of_Consent_Sexual_Slavery_and_Sex_Work_in_the_UK

            http://cnsnews.com/news/article/un-commission-calls-legalizing-prostitution-worldwide

            http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/oct/20/trafficking-numbers-women-exaggerated

            http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/oct/20/government-trafficking-enquiry-fails

            There is also a grey area as highlighted in the below article about the definition ‘sex trafficking’ itself. There’s a fundamental difference between somebody who enters a country, albeit illegally, to do sex work; and somebody who is unwillingly forced into becoming a sex slave by a gang/pimp etc, However the term ‘sex trafficking’ is applied to both for the ‘convenience’ of abolitionist groups.

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/06/15/legal-prostitution-and-sex-trafficking-from-the-annals-of-bad-economic-research/

        3. well

          Now that I think about . this campaign is akin to saying everyone who looks at Internet pornography is a pedophile.

    2. gallantman

      Or how about the grown ups approach,
      Legalise it. Regulate it. Bring it out of the shadows. Only way traffiking and other associated abuses may be stamped out.

      1. delacaravanio

        That would require a reasonable debate and adult thinking, but they are things we don’t have in this country. The Joe Duffy mentality is too pervasive.

        1. CousinJack

          +1
          If consenting adults wish to have sex for money thats there look out and the state should not legislate against them.
          Trafficking is clearly aborhent, and there are already laws to deal with it.

  2. Ms Piggy

    Very strange campaign. I wonder if the use of a phone box for this poster is a deliberate reference to their traditional use for sex workers’ ads? Come to think of it, they must have searched love NY and hard just to find a phone box these days.

    1. Joe the Lion

      It’s look like a United Kingdom ( that’s for you Ultach) located phonebox to me

      1. Ultach

        Thanks Joe, duly noted. Yes, I’ve seen these around the wee six. I’m all for this laudible campaign to draw attention to men who can’t afford to pay for sex. Please give generously.

  3. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    Prostitution is legal in Australia. Brothels are licensed, street walking is illegal. Prostitutes have regular tests for STD’s. Street walking still happens.

  4. Ultravox

    Fair play, the rest of us don’t vote Labour or want to be ditacted too by reformed nuns like Ruhama. #dealwithit

  5. Barry

    So I ask, after reading that add….
    Is prostitution ok if the lady (or man so not to be sexist) isn’t trafficked???

  6. Eamonn Clancy

    Have you any idea how many brothels are in Dublin masquerading under the guise of massage parlours? I think a lot more men use these than we think.

    1. Anne

      There’s one in town in Limerick called Bangkok massage..
      Not much masquerading going on there really.

      I could be just cynical of course and it could be that they offer Thai massages only, and Bangkok being the captial of Thailand n all, hence Bangkok massage long time.

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