Part of a campaign by anti-prostitution activist group Ruhama to highlight how women who are trafficked into Ireland for sex are treated.
The #WhereIsAndreea campaign will see dozens of posters (as above) placed across Dublin city centre.
Ruhama is urging people to call the number above and “hear what Andreea has to say”.
RTE 2 reality star and former escort Kate McGrew flanked by masked sex workers from the Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland (SWAI) at a vigil to mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin.
The SWAI is an alliance of sex workers, ex-sex workers and others alongside organisations involved in health and social support services.
They oppose laws criminalising the purchase of sex as only a “human rights approach based on harm reduction and decriminalisation” will protect sex workers and give them access to their rights.
Sex Workers Alliance
Previously: Sex workers in Ireland
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
“Why are the authorities arresting sex workers in this day and age?
Is the moral fabric of the nation at stake?
Previously: Turn Off The Red White And Blue Light
Stopping At Red
UglyMugs.ie is a scheme which aims to improve the safety of sex workers in Ireland and reduce crimes committed against them.
It was established in 2009 and, since then, Irish sex workers have reported 4,000 incidents of crime and abuse against them.
It has now carried out the first ever victimisation survey of indoor sex workers in Ireland. A total of 195 female, male and trans escorts, from 29 different countries, took part in the research, almost 75% of whom have completed third-level education.
From the study:
Read the full report here
Previously: Protecting Sex Workers
Ugly Mug schemes have been established in many parts of the world to warn sex workers about dangerous people and situations.
Now the Irish branch, UglyMugs.ie, has launched a new free Android app that automatically screens calls and texts to alert sex workers if they’re in contact with a number that has been identified as being belong to an individual who poses a risk to sex workers.
The folks at Ugly Mugs write:
“Sex workers are far more likely to be victims of violence and other crimes and abuse than non sex workers, and sex workers are also far less likely to report crime than non sex workers. While prostitutions is legal in Ireland, laws criminalising activities around prostitution means sex workers must work alone and in private in order to work legally.
“Isolated, partially criminalised, stigmatised, marginalised, and without access to support services, the vulnerability of sex workers in Ireland is obvious.
“Ugly Mug schemes allow sex workers to share information about dangers with each other. When a sex worker encounters a dangerous person, they can report the incident to the Ugly Mug scheme and a warning will be made available to all sex workers.”
“The advantage of Ugly Mugs for Android is that sex workers can install it once on their Android phone and from then on it will automatically check each number they have contact with against UglyMugs.ie and warn them if there is a match. It means sex workers don’t have to manually check numbers against the UglyMugs.ie database.”
The app is free and available to sex workers at safeiq.com or uglymugs.ie