Nenagh Town Council backs call to make paying for sex illegal

Cllr Virginia O'Dowd
Nenagh Town Council adopted a motion from Cllr Virginia O’Dowd making it an offence to pay for sex under a campaign by the Turn off the Red Light organisation to end human trafficking.

Nenagh Town Council adopted a motion from Cllr Virginia O’Dowd making it an offence to pay for sex under a campaign by the Turn off the Red Light organisation to end human trafficking.

“There are 12 prostitutes alone on one site every day advertising their services in North Tipperary,” said Cllr O’Dowd.

The full text of Cllr O’Dowd’s motion reads: That this council recognises that the trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in County Tipperary and throughout the country as a direct result of prostitution. The council believes human rights abuses can be ended by targeting the demand for prostitution by introducing laws that make it an offence to pay for sex and is calling for such laws. This council notes the success of similar laws in other European countries.

She said that among the other European countries with such laws were Norway and Sweden, and that the aim was to get every town and county council in Ireland to pass a similar motion that would then be passed to the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.

Cllr Seamus Morris, who supported the motion, said: “This is the horrific consequence of men dipping into their pockets to pay for sex.”

Cllr Conor Delaney said it wsa not an issue that was discussed as much as it should be.