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Poll: Should people who pay for sex be named and shamed?

TDs will discuss a bill tabled by Deputy Thomas Pringle today that would make it illegal to pay for sex.

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TDS WILL DEBATE proposed legislation today that would see people who pay for sex being ‘named and shamed’.

The bill is being tabled by Deputy Thomas Pringle, and would see people who pay for sex being criminalised. Under current Irish law, the act of soliciting a paid-for sexual encounter is criminalised for both the prostitute and the client.

However, it is not specifically illegal for someone to pay money in exchange for sex.

According to Pringle, the legislation would decriminalise the act of looking to sell sex, but criminalise paying for it. Pringle believes the legislation would reduce the incidence of prostitution in Ireland.

However, some would argue that it could lead to prostitution being forced further underground, making it unsafe for sex workers.

Should people who pay for sex be named and shamed?

Poll Results:

No (3303)
I don't know (2357)
Yes (873)

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