Northern Ireland Assembly votes 81 to 10 in favor of making it a crime to pay for sex

Oct 21, 2014
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MLAs spent several hours on Monday debating the measures, which formed part of a private member’s bill on human trafficking and exploitation.

Clause six of the bill makes it illegal for someone to obtain sexual services in exchange for payment.

Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to vote in favour of the measure.

There is still some way to go before the bill becomes law, but the prospect of a ban on paying for sex in Northern Ireland has taken a significant step forward.

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Sex worker Laura Lee said Northern Ireland would regret the move

Supporters said the clause in Lord Morrow’s private member’s bill tackled a main driver for human trafficking.

Opponents included Justice Minister David Ford who claimed it would be difficult to enforce.

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[…] So they did it. In defiance of decisive international evidence, in defiance of expert academic opinion and research, in defiance of the clearly expressed will of the very people on whose behalf they were supposedly acting – sex workers themselves – Stormont voted to make paying for sex a crime. […]

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