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New laws will ban payment for prostitution

While various activities associated with prostitution have long been illegal, the act of paying a person to engage in sexual activity had not been a crime in Ireland up until 27 March 2017.  In the past, prostitution was generally viewed as a legal problem only when it manifested itself in the public domain. Hence, the legal regulation of prostitution tended to focus on issues such as public solicitation, loitering for the purpose of prostitution, brothel-keeping, and the advertisement of prostitution. Up until relatively recently, what happened in the bedroom had generally beenregarded as legally irrelevant (provided all participants were of age and consented).
Payment for sex This has just changed with the passage of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017. The Act has been passed by the Dáil and Seanad, and signed by the President. The provisions relating to prostitution have now been commenced with effect from 27 March 2017.  These new provisions make it an offence to pay, offer…