Prostitution and the Irish State: From Prohibitionism to a Globalised Sex Trade

Eilis Ward, “Prostitution and the Irish State: From Prohibitionism to a Globalised Sex Trade” (February 2010) Irish Political Studies Vol. 25, No. 1, 47–65.

Abstract:

This article argues that while the prostitution policies of the Irish state have changed over a long time from an unambiguous prohibitionism towards a partial abolitionism, overall policy is characterised by inconsistency and contradictions and legal changes have occurred outside of a comprehensive policy review. As Ireland is integrated into a globalised sex industry, with a consequent restructuring of the vice trade, prostitution itself may remain largely beyond the reach of the state, or, policy resistant.

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