Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Share769 Tweet Email2 162 Comments 63,041 Views https://jrnl.ie/3309170 Today, our thoughts are with the most vulnerable sex workers, who will be forced to take greater and greater risks in order to keep the clients they depend upon: those who will drop their prices, those who will agree to unprotected sex, those who will agree to go to an unknown location, and avoid calling the gardaí when attacked or afraid.“We encourage all sex workers to get in contact with SWAI to get support and information on their rights under the new law. We can be contacted by phone 085 8249305 or email [email protected]”These are views not shared by Turn Off The Red Light, a group supported by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Ruhama as well as the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.In fact, Mia de Faoite, who survived working as a prostitute, said she knows how important this law is.“It will mean nothing unless we ensure those currently enduring sexual exploitation know they have these protections. The emphasis from today must be on working to reach them to let them know society cares about them and that they no longer need fear criminalisation,” she added.‘This approach will not help victims of trafficking’: Groups at odds as sex bill passes final stage Short URL Mar 27th 2017, 2:57 PM ‘An historic day’: It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland Not everyone is happy with the new legislation. Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Monday 27 Mar 2017, 2:57 PM By Garreth MacNamee NEW LAWS DESIGNED to protect prostitutes by criminalising the buyers of sex came into force today much to the relief of a number of organisations.Turn Off The Red Light, an umbrella group of charities and groups against the selling of sex, described the commencement of the laws as “an historic day” which they believe will help “vulnerable women, children and men in prostitution access support”.Spokeswoman for Turn Off The Red Light, Denise Charlton, said today is important because, for the first time, those involved in prostitution will no longer be criminalised by the law but instead protected by it.“From today, the Irish State is finally telling those sexually exploited through prostitution: ‘You are not to blame. You are not at fault. You are the victim here and we will protect you.’ From today, the law will instead focus on the pimps and traffickers who currently profit to the tune of €250 million from the sex trade,” she added. Kate McGrew of the Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland with supporters outside Leinster House last year opposing the laws. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieHowever, there are those who have been vehemently opposed to the bill. The Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland (SWAI) had said that the laws will not stop prostitution but will instead force women to operate in more clandestine way, thus increasing the likelihood of women being abused.ConcernsAccording to the group, their biggest concern is the safety of sex workers, particularly the most vulnerable. They said that laws which criminalise the purchase of sex “do not magically create options for the migrants, trans people, single parents and others who turn to sex work in order to survive”.Spokeswoman Kate McGrew said: “The Government’s moral crusade was driven by ideology not evidence. National and international expert groups provided clear evidence that criminalisation of the purchase of sex is not only ineffective but would be harmful to the health and safety of sex workers across Ireland.
That has raised questions about the now-traditional role of Germany and France as the motor of political integration in Europe.“We are aware of our great responsibility to improve the situation in the European Union, overcome the euro crisis and make possible economic growth _ and so make workable for the future the tried and tested model of European life, linking competitiveness and economic strength with social cohesion,” Merkel said.The two countries will produce joint proposals by May, ahead of an EU summit the following month, on how to improve economic coordination and competitiveness, Merkel said. Such initiatives were common when Hollande’s conservative predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, was in power.“We have to give Europe confidence in its future,” Hollande said at a news conference after the French and German Cabinets held a joint meeting. “We will try to be as concrete as possible … so that growth can be reinforced and stability guaranteed.”Merkel said the two countries want employers and employees in their countries also to come up with proposals.“We cannot as politicians alone create the conditions for better competitiveness,” Merkel said. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBERLIN (AP) – Germany and France will produce joint proposals on improving economic coordination in the European Union this spring, the countries’ leaders said Tuesday, downplaying recent differences as they marked the 50th anniversary of a landmark reconciliation accord.Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel and Socialist President Francois Hollande have often been openly at odds over how to resolve Europe’s debt crisis since Hollande took office last year. Hollande has criticized Germany’s austerity-led approach, while Merkel has resisted talk of pooling countries’ debt. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories The Cabinet meeting came before both countries’ Parliaments met in the landmark Reichstag building to mark the anniversary of the signing of the 1963 Elysee Treaty, a milestone for two countries that had fought three wars in 70 years.In the treaty, they committed to consult on foreign policy, meet regularly and implement a host of defense, cultural and other initiatives to “profoundly transform the relations of the two peoples.” Since then, they’ve worked closely together _ despite frequent differences of approach.Merkel and Hollande laughed aside questions about their relationship.“Our best-kept secret is that the chemistry is right,” Merkel said. “What isn’t easy is convincing you” that the personal relationship is good, Hollande told reporters.The two also brushed aside suggestions of differences over Mali. There has been some criticism from German politicians of Berlin’s small contribution so far to France’s intervention to drive back Islamist extremists in the African country _ two transport planes to carry African troops to Mali.Germany also plans to participate in a European training mission for the Malian military and provide as-yet unspecified financial help to African troop contributors. Check your body, save your life Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Merkel said their defense ministers are in close contact on what Germany can do to help, but she made no new pledges and said she couldn’t see Germany and France’s joint military brigade being deployed in Mali.Hollande said that Germany “immediately contributed the political solidarity and material help that were expected.”“This is not about asking Europeans to come and participate in an international force, but rather to help the Africans,” Hollande said. “I have always said that it is Africans who have the answer to African questions.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) read more