Sinn Féin endorse "Turn Off The Red Light" campaign
Speaking after the Sinn Féin Ard Fhéis voted overwhelmingly to support a motion calling on the party to endorse the "Turn Off The Red Light" campaign, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality welcomed the decision.
He said:"I am delighted with the decision of this Ard Fhéis to support the 'Turn Off The Red Light' campaign. We, as a party can now add our name to the long list of organisations supporting this campaign.
There are as many as 1000 women and girls for sale for sex in Ireland today. Prostitution is not a real choice for the vast majority of these women.
In countries, like Sweden, where the purchase of sex is illegal, there has been a massive decline in prostitution and a significant reduction in sex trafficking and organised crime".
"The 'Turn off The Red Light' campaign argues that the most effective solution is to tackle the demand for paid sex that fuels prostitution and trafficking.
He concluded: "There is no perfect panacea to this challenge but I believe that putting the onus of responsibility on the user rather than the woman or sometimes man prostituted is a more humanitarian and I would argue Republican approach. We also need to ensure that those in prostitution are supported to exit this life and make a fresh start by a range of government services working together in an integrated fashion". ENDS