‘When A Garda Pressures A Sex Worker To Have Sex With Him That’s Consensual?’


Director of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) Kate McGrew (middle) at a sex workers conference in Stockhom, Sweden this afternoon

This afternoon.

In Stockholm, Sweden.

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSWE) is hosting a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Swedish Model.

Irish solicitor Wendy Lyon is live-tweeting from the conference, entitled Sex Work, Human Rights And Health: Assessing 20 Years Of Swedish Model, including a contribution from the director of the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Kate McGrew.

From her tweetz:

Earlier, Wendy tweeted the contribution from Adeline Berry

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Yesterday, in Stockholm…

Ms McGrew addressed a crowd gathered for the first ever sex worker rights protest in Stockholm, during which they called for an end to the Swedish Model.

Related: No council for (some) women: the NWCI and the silencing of sex workers (Wendy Lyon, Feminist Ire)

Previously: Let’s Talk About Sex Work


21 thoughts on “‘When A Garda Pressures A Sex Worker To Have Sex With Him That’s Consensual?’

  1. The Bad Ambassador

    Woh woh woh! Hang on a minute here….

    The swedish model should be allowed to engage in sex work is he/she/they so choose.

  2. Mr.Fart

    im sure there’ll be lots of sensitive comments from the fine upstanding broadsheet commenters on this one.

    1. liam

      maybe everyone is a sex worker
      screwed by the revenue
      trafficked to work made to produce then when old beyond the age to reproduce drained of every bit by our caring social services
      anything then left taken in death duties
      give me Swedish model any day

  3. eoin

    I wouldn’t believe a word that comes out of the mouth of an organisation that is campaigning for a criminal activity, which, with cross-party consent, FF-FG-Labour-SF in the South and SF-DUP-SDLP-UUP in the North was the subject of similar legislation across the entire island. Purchasing sex is a crime. Offering sex from a premises with two or more prostitutes is a crime. It’s sound law. My own experience with the sector is it is dominated by organised crime groups and most prostitutes are trafficked or extremely vulnerable, often with addiction issues.

    Thankfully, there is evidence the Gardai are now enforcing the law. Last week’s crime statistics for Q2,2019 showed there were 40 prostitution offences recorded in Q2,2019. That’s more than in each of the entire 2017 and 2018. In the South Eastern policing division for example, there were 8 offences recorded inQ2,2019, that’s twice the number recorded overall in 2017 and 2018.

    Four people have been convicted of purchasing sex under the 2017 legislation and 20 more files are with the DPP for a prosecution decision. In January 2019, Bryan Mason, aged 65, with an address at Moatlands, Ratoath, Co Meath, was fined €200 in relation to the purchase of sexual services at West End Village, Blanchardstown, Dublin, on March 30, 2018. He was the first of #4. Our brave media have decided not to report the other three convictions, but you can bet that future convictions will end up online.

    The law is beginning to work as practically all our political representatives have intended. Wendy can fupp off with herself.

    1. eoin

      Oh and “@SWAIIreland recently met Ombudsman over policing. A sex worker who’d been raped by a police officer that had raided her premises earlier complained but her complaint was dismissed”

      So, the Gardai didn’t take the complaint seriously and neither did the Ombudsman? Any chance at all that the prostitute was making it up? And the allegation is being exploited by an organisation campaigning for a criminal activity? Also, what would change if prostitution was legalised – would Gardai stop raping prostitutes (allegedly).

      And Wendy whatever can fupp off as well.

    2. Mr.Fart

      the police you praise are literally raping these women. i bet you read that, you just don’t care. it’s their own fault right? you’re an abhorrent prick.

  4. Cormac Kinsella

    Prostitutes are for losers. Seriously, there are plenty of amazing women out in bars every night of the week on the prowl for some safe fun. Men need to scrub up, grow a pair and activate the 3 second rule.

  5. Truth in the News

    The reality is that prostitution is the oldest profession in the world and the likes
    Ruhama who pushed for and got the Irish Model of the Swedish version have
    only driven the game underground instead it should be legalised and the
    subject of proper controls, the reality is that there are at least in some cities
    and not so large towns hundreds and dozens respectively advertising their
    “talents” on Escort Ireland, and if our ancestors could not control human
    desires, Ruhama certainly won’t…..even Frank Duff failed in the end.

    1. Termagant

      Show me these amazing women.Absolutely it should be legalised and taxed to the hilt like every other profession.

  6. curmudgeon

    The National Womens Council of Ireland are a no friend to the people of Ireland. They leach an incredible amount of public money every year and are responsible for her highness Frances Fitzgerald getting elected again. They are a interest group with some very vested interests.

    That said I wouldn’t rush to support Wendy Lyon either (and neither should Broadsheet – alas the ‘sheet has always had a soft spot for liars/spoofers/Public sector unions giving us the poor mouth)

    Here’s link to her blog wherein she likens anyone who reckons Mags Cash shouldn’t have had 7 children is a Magdelane Laundries supporting misogynist and also (same blog post) that women who do housework should get paid for it (yes out of our taxes).

    1. curmudgeon

      APOLOGIES that blog post was written by Sinéad Redmond and not Wendy Lyon. But Wendy is indeed a contributor to feministIre.

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