Written answers

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Department of Justice and Equality

Proposed Legislation

Photo of Eamon GilmoreEamon Gilmore (Dún Laoghaire, Labour)
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268. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on measures to address the purchase of sex; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43857/14]

Photo of Michael McCarthyMichael McCarthy (Cork South West, Labour)
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279. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when she will introduce laws targeting sex buyers in line with the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43909/14]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Justice and Equality; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 279 together.

As the Deputies are aware, there is an ongoing debate as to the approach to be adopted in tackling the exploitation associated with prostitution which includes the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Justice Defence and Equality following its review of legislation on prostitution. There are a wide range of issues involved which require consideration and any proposals will be brought to Government in the usual way.

Our criminal law already contains a number of provisions directed at the public nuisances and exploitation associated with prostitution. Solicitation, by both the client and the prostitute, living on the earnings of prostitution, organising prostitution and running a brothel are all offences under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993.

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