Ireland: Legislature Approves Bill to Criminalize the Buying of Sex

Ireland’s Legislature, the Dáil, has approved a bill that would criminalize sex buyers rather than sex sellers. The bill, called the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, would also prohibit accused perpetrators of sexual violence from cross-examining victims in court. The bill is based on the Nordic Model of prostitution, first adopted by Sweden, and is intended to reduce demand for women’s sexual services.


Compiled from: O’Halloran, Marie, Sexual Offences Bill criminalising purchase of sex passed in Dáil, The Irish Times (February 8, 2017); O’Halloran, Marie, Challenge to Bill criminalising purchase of sex defeatedThe Irish Times (February 1, 2017).