The Department of Justice says that although human trafficking and prostitution sometimes overlap, “human trafficking and prostitution are different phenomena requiring distinct policy responses”.
Human trafficking is already illegal, as is child prostitution. Prostitution between consenting adults is legal, but the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, created by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, wants to change this by criminalising people who buy sex.
Denise Charlton, chief executive of the Immigrant Council, says, “Individuals are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation in the Irish indoor sex industry, where prostitution occurs. The same clientele buys trafficked and not-trafficked prostitutes, some of whom are children. To claim that the trafficking takes place in an isolated realm different from the sex industry does not reflect reality.”
Source: Irish Times