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Have you seen Andreea? Ruhama launch sex trafficking awareness campaign

Posted on 20 September 2017

Have you seen Andreea? Ruhama launches sex trafficking awareness campaign in collaboration with artist Marian van der Zwaan


Anyone taking a stroll around Dublin city over the next three weeks may spot Andreea and be curious enough to give her a call.  This striking, suggestive image of Andreea is featured on posters in a variety of busy locations across the city.  Underneath her silhouette is her phone number.  Callers are greeted by a bubbly young woman who promises you a fun, ‘sensual’ time. But her story quickly takes a dark turn when it is revealed that Andreea has in fact been forced into Ireland’s sex trade.

We're delighted to announce our participation in international art collaborative project ‘A Penny for Your Thoughts'. This multi-city awareness raising initiative is designed to highlight the plight of victims of sex trafficking across Europe. 

Sarah Benson added: “‘A Penny for Your Thoughts’ is not just about making sex buyers think twice about their actions.  It also aims to enhance awareness and understanding amongst the general public of the realities of sex trafficking and the fact that victims are usually required to put up a positive ’façade’, and so may not be easy to spot.  We urge anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation in Ireland’s sex trade, or who is concerned about someone they know, to contact Ruhama for support on (01) 836 0292.”

Did you spot Andreea around the city centre? 

Read Ruhama's full press release here.  

Ruhama launch their Annual Report for 2016

Posted on 28 August 2017

Ruhama calls on Government to use new laws to clamp down on sex buyers and the criminals who run prostitution

This year, we provided support to 304 women of 37 different nationalities from across the globe during 2016, including 92 victims of sex trafficking from four continents.

Sarah Benson says "Since March of this year we have important new laws in place in Ireland to protect those harmed in prostitution, as part of the Sexual Offences Act 2017.  It is now illegal to purchase sex in this country and the penalties for organising and profiting from prostitution have been increased. More needs to be done to ensure that these laws are properly enforced, in order to achieve their objective to minimise the inherent harm of a wholly exploitative trade.”

Read Ruhama's press release : Ruhama Press Release for 2016 Annual Report

Read Ruhama's full Annual Report : Ruhama's 2016 Annual Report 

Ruhama welcomes landmark legislation to criminalise the sex buyer and decriminalise those selling sex in Ireland.

Posted on 14 February 2017

Ruhama today welcomes the passage of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2015. As the frontline service directly supporting women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking for 28 years, Ruhama has long advocated for legislation to focus on the demand of sex buyers as a key measure to curb expansion of the exploitative sex trade in Ireland.

Read our full press release here

Ruhama welcome sex trafficking arrest by An Garda Síochána

Posted on 29 October 2016

Ruhama, the NGO supporting women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, today welcomes the news that two individuals have been formally charged with the sex trafficking a number of women into Ireland’s commercial sex trade. This action comes as a result of an extensive investigation, into organised crime gangs operating in Ireland.

Read full press release here

Ruhama Launch Annual Report 2015

Posted on 27 June 2016

Global sex trade in Ireland: Ruhama see 16% increase in the range of nationalities seeking support.

Sarah Benson, CEO said: “Of particular note in 2015 was a 16% increase in the number of different nationalities of women engaged with. We engaged with and provided assistance to women from 43 different countries."

Read Ruhama's press release : Ruhama Annual Report 2015 Press Release

Read Ruhama's full Annual Report : Ruhama Annual Report 2015

Ruhama call on Ireland to follow France's lead in enacting sex buyer laws

Posted on 06 April 2016

Ruhama, as the chief Irish NGO supporting women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, express their full support for the final adoption by the French Parliament of a comprehensive, human rights-based law on prostitution.

RUHAMA PRESS RELEASE Call on Ireland to follow France
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