Prostitution is abusive and degrading
There are an estimated 1,000 women in prostitution in Ireland, and they are in practically every city, town and village across the country.
The majority of those in prostitution in Ireland are migrant women and girls coming from the poorest and most marginalised backgrounds. They have been drawn, and often tricked, into prostitution as a result of poverty, exploitation and other adversities. They are victims of child abuse. They have grown up in state care. They have experienced domestic abuse, lived in extreme poverty, have insecure immigration status, poor physical or mental health or may have substance abuse problems.
These adversities make them easy prey for the organised crime gangs that control the bulk of the sex trade and who are the only ones getting richer from the bulk of the enormous profits – access to a woman’s body can be sold again and again to keep their profit margins, the women and girls are moved regularly around the country from brothel to brothel, apartment to apartment, so-called massage parlour to massage parlour. They don’t know where they are. They often don’t speak English. They are tightly controlled, by violence, by threats to their families or children, or by crippling and inescapable debt bondage.
It’s What We Think
We Don’t Buy It
is also based on what the vast majority of us think about prostitution anyway.
According to a nationwide Red C survey, commissioned by We Don’t Buy It in October 2019, the vast majority of Irish people believe that:
- Women in prostitution experience violence and abuse.
- Women do not freely choose to enter prostitution.
- The people who benefit most from prostitution are criminal gangs.
- The Irish law* making the purchase of sex illegal is a good idea that they support.
- The Gardaí need more resources to enforce it.
We Don’t Buy It is the one campaign that gives voice to the vast majority of men who don’t buy sex and don’t buy the excuses of those who do.
It’s not who we are. Let’s be honest.
*Under Part IV of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, it is no longer against to law to sell so-called ‘sexual services’ but it is a criminal offence to purchase sex. Those who break this law risk arrest, a conviction and public exposure.