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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.

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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.


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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

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
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