Ireland also criminalizes buying sex

On Feb. 14th 2017, the Republic of Ireland became the next country (after France) to pass a Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill that criminalises the sex buyers and decriminalises those selling sex. The new law will help efforts to end demand by holding sex buyers accountable and will also ensure that prostituted individuals and survivors can access comprehensive support services.

Paying for sexual act has become an offence in France

The French bill against the prostituting system has been definitely adopted on 6 April 2016.

The French media put the emphasis on the penalization of the customers-prostituters: indeed, buying a sexual act is from now on punished with a fine of 1 500 €. Among other new legal rules: the hooking offence is repealed, measures of protection of persons in situation of prostitution are strengthened and a fund to support them is created, with an amount of 20 millions € a year.

After Sweden in 1997, Norway and Iceland in 2009, Canada and Northern Ireland in 2014, France joined the countries whose law is providing for the penalization of the customers but not the prostitutes’.

Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men

Men who buy sex have less empathy for women in prostitution than men who don’t buy sex, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The research, co-authored by UCLA professor Neil Malamuth, also found that men who buy sex are more likely to report having committed rape and other aggressive sexual acts.


„A choice is only a choice if you actually have choices"

Campaign of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW).

18 myths on prostitution

In the framework of its campaign ‘Together for a Europe free from prostitution, and at the eve of a vote on a report on prostitution in the European Parliament, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has developed a leaflet answering to the most frequent assumptions on prostitution. 18 myths are therefore looked at from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. From “It is the oldest profession in the world to We must combat trafficking, but prostitution has nothing to do with it”, EWL leaflet wants to provide with human rights evidence based answers to the reality of prostitution and trafficking in women in Europe and in the world.


Kajsa Ekis Ekman analyzes prostitution

Kajsa Ekis Ekman, author of "Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self" ( analyzes prostitution in this 22 minutes long interview, which she ends with an appeal to men.

Window Brothels Get the Red Light

Amsterdam's red-light area: Legalising prostitution hasn't prevented organised crime

Amsterdam, often hailed as the sex mecca of Europe, is to have a major facelift. After 12 years of legalised window brothels, attracting hordes of customers from all over Europe, politicians, police, citizens and even many of the prostitutes themselves are admitting that state-sanctioned prostitution is a failed social experiment. More…

MEPs give prostitution at sporting events the red card

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from nine countries and all political groups gathered together today in support of the European Women’s Lobby’s campaign against prostitution around sporting events. In a message to athletes, officials, fans, journalists and decision-makers ahead of the London Olympics and the UEFA European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine, the 20 MEPs held up red cards which read ‘Be a sport. Keep it fair… Say NO to prostitution.’ Mikael Gustafsson (GUE, Sweden), Chair of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, concurs: ‘Men should not have the right to buy access to women’s bodies for sex - that this is simply not compatible with fair play and equality.’ Read more on EWL's website.

Vice law reform 'should target men'

A group of high-profile Irish men have called on the next Government to reform vice laws to target people who pay for sex instead of women forced into prostitution.

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