Kate McGrew: ‘I am not a criminal or a victim. I am a sex worker’

Nov 3, 2014
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Some sex workers, including Kate McGrew of RTÉ’s reality show Connected, believe a campaign to criminalise people who pay for sex is patronising and misguided

Kate McGrew is not a “prostitute”. She is, she says, a sex worker.

“To me the word ‘prostitute’ is used by people who look down on what I do, who seek to characterise me as a either a criminal or a victim. To me, I am a worker, who does a job, provides a service and who deserves labour rights,” she says.

Kate McGrew from the TV series ‘Connected’ talks to Kitty Holland about rights for sex workers and best international practice. Video: Enda O’ Dowd

Currently appearing in RTÉ’s well- received reality television show Connected, McGrew is one of a number of women who sell or have sold sex in Ireland and who have spoken to The Irish Times about their anger and anxiety about a campaign to criminalise their customers; the men, and some women, who purchase sex.

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