Public support sought for prostitution law change

Friday 17 August 2012 17.39
The Turn Off the Red Light campaign wants to make it illegal to pay for sex
The Turn Off the Red Light campaign wants to make it illegal to pay for sex

A billboard and social media campaign, which seeks public support to change the laws around prostitution in Ireland, gets under way over the weekend.

Sites in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford will be used as part of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign.

It is made up of a coalition of over 50 organisations, including trade unions, representative bodies, political parties, human rights groups and victim support networks.

The group wants the law changed to make it illegal to pay for sex.

The latest campaign comes as the consultation process on changing the law enters a new phase.

A deadline for making written submissions to the Dáil Justice Committee falls on 31 August, with public hearings expected to follow in the coming weeks.

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