Northern Ireland's New Tricky Prostitution Laws

Men who use prostitutes in Northern Ireland face up to a year in jail or a fine under a new law criminalizing the purchase of sex which advocacy groups say will help stamp out sex trafficking.
Northern Ireland follows Canada, Sweden, Norway and Iceland in introducing laws designed to punish the client without criminalizing those who have been driven into prostitution.
Although paying a trafficked person for sex has been illegal in Northern Ireland since 2008, there have been no successful prosecutions, according to an advocacy website set up by Maurice Morrow, the legislator who proposed the law.
Northern Ireland is the first region of the United Kingdom to bring in a law like this. France and the Irish Republic have been considering making it illegal to buy sex.



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