The Covert Recriminalisation of Irish Street Workers

The Bill currently being proposed in Ireland will DEcriminalise street workers under the new sexual offences act…BUT REcriminalise them by amendment to section 8 of the 1994 Public Order act see:

See http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015121100002?opendocument#V01400

 

From:

“On Second Stage, the Minister informed the House that she would introduce amendments to Part 3 of the Bill relating to the purchase of sexual services that further decriminalised the women and men involved in prostitution by removing those who offered sexual services from the existing offences of soliciting and loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Amendment No. 26 makes the necessary provision while amendment No. 30 ensures that no inadvertent consequences may arise from it.”

 

DEcriminalisation

 

From:

“The inclusion of this amendment by itself gives rise to concerns that the Garda would be left with no means of combating any public nuisance if sexual offences were to be offered, for example, in a residential area. There is also a concern that the provision could be exploited by criminal gangs or others. Amendment No. 30 addresses these concerns. Section 8 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994”

 

RECriminalisation

 

You will find the specific wording of the Section 8 amendment here http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2015/7915/b7915s-scn.pdf

 

See Amendment 30:

“*30. In page 17, between lines 3 and 4, to insert the following: “Amendment of section 8 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 21. Section 8 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 is amended, in subsection (1), by the insertion of the following paragraph after paragraph (b): “(c) is acting in a manner which consists of loitering in a public place for the purpose of offering his or her services as a prostitute,”.”.

Let me show you what this really means in practice:

They are decriminalizing sexworkers soliciting under the new law and recriminalizing them, on identical terms but with harsher penalties as an amendment to 1994 Public Order Act.

 Current legislation Sexual Offences Act 1993 says:

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1993/act/20/section/7/enacted/en/html#sec7

  7.—

A person who in a street or public place solicits or importunes another person or other persons for the purposes of prostitution shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding—

                (a) £250, in the case of a first conviction,

                (b) £500, in the case of a second conviction, or

                (c) £500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 4 weeks or to both, in the case of a third or any subsequent conviction.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1993/act/20/section/8/enacted/en/html#sec8

8.—

(1) A member of the Garda Síochána who has reasonable cause to suspect that a person is loitering in a street or public place in order to solicit or importune another person or other persons for the purposes of prostitution may direct that person to leave immediately that street or public place.

 

(2) A person who without reasonable cause fails to comply with a direction under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding—

                (a) £250, in the case of a first conviction,

                (b) £500, in the case of a second conviction, or

                (c) £500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 4 weeks or to both, in the case of a third or any subsequent conviction.

(3) In this section “loitering” includes loitering in a motor vehicle.

 

In future under Sexual Offences Act 2015  this will ALL only apply to clients and apparently (never saw one soliciting in my life) pimps, sex workers will be decriminalized, so far so good.

 

BUT THEN they recriminalise sex workers on the same terms as before, but with harsher penalties by Amending the Public Order act 1994 to read as follows (proposed amendment bolded):

 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1994/act/2/section/8/enacted/en/html#sec8

8.—

(1) Where a member of the Garda Síochána finds a person in a public place and suspects, with reasonable cause, that such person—

(a) is or has been acting in a manner contrary to the provisions of section 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 or 9 , or

(b) without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, is acting in a manner which consists of loitering in a public place in circumstances, which may include the company of other persons, that give rise to a reasonable apprehension for the safety of persons or the safety of property or for the maintenance of the public peace,

(c) is acting in a manner which consists of loitering in a public place for the purpose of offering his or her services as a prostitute

 

the member may direct the person so suspected to do either or both of the following, that is to say:

 

(i) desist from acting in such a manner, and

(ii) leave immediately the vicinity of the place concerned in a peaceable or orderly manner.

(2) It shall be an offence for any person, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, to fail to comply with a direction given by a member of the Garda Síochána under this section.

(3) A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

 

So Turn Off the Red Light can junket all over the place claiming credit for the decriminalisation of sex workers by showing the Sexual Offences Act 2015…but it will all be yesterday’s News by the time anyone realizes what kind of obscene bomb was planted in the Public Order Act 1994 by amendment.

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Days later, at 7am I finally got it.

At present Judges force sex workers and others to hand over money to Ruhama, as an alternative to conviction, without regard to conscience (which should not even be legal – it is equivalent to forcing people to hand money to a pro- life, or pro abortion org in the same circumstances).

With imprisonment on the table for a first conviction, it will be easy to force arrested street workers to hand over their whole lives to Ruhama as per equally abusive and obnoxious US “diversion” programs (I do not think there are many US states where you can be imprisoned on the first offence for soliciting).

Please remember Ruhama is an org that reinvents reality to agenda then indoctrinates any vulnerable people it can get with that.

The proposed legislation will give Ruhama prison to use as a tool of enforcement.

Truly the laundries are not gone, they were only sleeping.

…and meanwhile, back at the farm, there will be no way for sex workers to continue to work except through Escort Ireland, now relocated to Spain…

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