Attacks on Sex Workers Rise Since Ireland’s Law Change

by Admin on September 11, 2017

There has been a ‘dramatic’ rise in the number of attacks on sex workers in recent months, the Irish Times reports.

The rise came as a result of a change in the law earlier this year, which made the purchase of sex illegal.

The Sexual Offences Bill was passed to criminalize those who buy sex rather than those who sell it. However, local support groups claim that the legislation did more harm than good, pushing the sex trade further underground and making sex workers less likely to report attacks.

Chaninat & Leeds’ Thailand Labor Law and Employment lawyers specialize in Thai and International cases.

Lucy Smyth, founder of an app for sex workers to report clients, said that reports of concerns about clients have increased by a whopping 61% since last year. Of these reports, 137 included the use of violence or sexual assault. The Sex Work Alliance Ireland has also reported an increase in violent attacks.

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