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IRELAND ON THE CUSP OF BEATING SEX TRAFFICKERS: New Government must maintain momentum

Posted on 03 February 2016

Today, 3rd February, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, dissolves the 31st Dáil.  Ruhama congratulates the outgoing Government for the excellent progress made in its lifetime to bring forward the Sexual Offences Bill, urging the next Government to make this Bill an absolute priority and place it at the top of their agenda as soon as they come to power.

“Ireland cannot wait any longer to put an end to the demand for prostitution, which fuels a multimillion euro trade at the cost of vulnerable women and girls” said Sarah Benson, Ruhama CEO. “That is why we are inviting all members of the public to make sex-trafficking a ‘doorstep issue’ by asking your local representatives to put the Sexual Offences Bill at the top of their post-election ‘to-do’ list.

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Ireland on cusp of beating traffickers

Ruhama Launches 2014 Annual Report

Posted on 07 December 2015

Ireland’s global sex trade: Ruhama reports increasing demands on its services, supporting hundreds of women from 37 different countries exploited in the Irish sex trade in 2014.

You can read Ruhama's Press Release and full Annual Report by clicking the links below.

Ruhama Press Release Annual Report 2014
Ruhama Annual Report 2014

Ruhama strongly welcomes legislation to criminalise the sex buyer

Posted on 16 September 2015

Ruhama strongly welcomes legislation to criminalise the sex buyer, but expresses concern that the Sexual Offences Bill 2015 is lacking in its intention to protect those most vulnerable in prostitution.

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New Poll outlines public perceptions of trafficking in the sex trade

Posted on 22 April 2015

A Red C poll was presented today at the launch of a campaign on prostitution and sex trafficking aimed at men and boys. ‘Prostitution -We Don’t Buy It’ is the first all-island campaign asking men and boys to make a stand against prostitution and sex trafficking. 

This poll provides new information about attitudes and behaviors among Irish men and women on the purchase of sex. This poll differs from some others in that it outlines the views of ordinary members of the public; other polls have focused on the views of the minority who do purchase sex.   

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New Poll outlines public perceptions of trafficking in the sex trade

Ruhama Launches New Outreach Van to Support the Ongoing Assistance to Women Involved in Street Prostitution

Posted on 30 March 2015

Ruhama today launched a new Outreach Van, for its work with women involved in streetbased prostitution. This is the 5th specially equipped van Ruhama has purchased over its 26 years. The van facilitates the provision of a street outreach service to women, in Dublin’s ‘red light’ district.

The purpose of the van is to initiate contact with this marginalised group of women. The back of the van is specially adapted to create a safe space for women to sit inside, avail of a hot drink and talk to Ruhama workers. The van also offers health and safety support to women.

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Press Release Ruhama Launches New Outreach Van to Support the Ongoing Assistance to Women Involved in Street Prostitution
Outreach volunteers pictured with the new van
Outreach worker preparing the back of the van for a night's work
Outreach workers in the seating area at the back of the new Outreach Van.

Ireland failing victims of sex-trafficking - Frontline organisations outline failings in submission to European Commission

Posted on 16 March 2015

Joint Statement by Doras Luimní, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ruhama:

Ireland is failing victims of human trafficking across a range of areas according to a submission to the European Commission by three frontline agencies.

The submission highlights the prevalence of trafficking for sexual exploitation, the ongoing failure to identify, protect and support victims and calls for the appointment of a National Rapporteur.

Doras Luimní, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ruhama were invited to give their views to the Commission as part of a review of the measures in place to combat trafficking

Ireland failing victims of sex trafficking
Submission to 2015 EC re NREM by Irish CSO members of the EU AT Platfrom
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