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Candlelight vigil marks International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

John Brennan

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

Katie McGrew and Dearbhla Ryan of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland at the candlelit vigil outside Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Katie McGrew and Dearbhla Ryan of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland at the candlelit vigil outside Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Former RTÉ reality star and sex worker Kate McGrew and members of the Sex Workers' Alliance Ireland (SWAI) held a candlelight vigil outside Leinster House last night to mark the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers and remember the eight sex workers who have been killed in Ireland in the past 35 years.

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The SWAI have called on Minister for Justice Frances FitzGerald not to introduce laws criminalising the purchase of sex.

"Decriminalisation puts sex workers in the labour market instead of the criminal sector," Ms McGrew said.

While it is legal to sell sexual services in Ireland, other aspects of sex work are criminalised.

"Irish laws are already putting our lives at risk, and this proposed new legislation will only further endanger the most vulnerable," Ms McGrew said.

Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognised in 2003.

Irish Independent

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