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Superb Article From Irish Mp

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An MP in The Irish Republic, Mick Wallace T.D. has completely and utterly destroyed TORLER (the insane umbrella grouping on the verge of introducing The Swedish Anti Sex Worker Model into The Irish Republic!) arguments in this absolutely superb article In today's Irish Examiner!

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/thenbspspanpurchase-of-consensual-adult-sex-cannot-be-reduced-to-simple-soundbitesnbspspan-297167.html

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Nice one!  I liked, in particular, his closing paras...

 

 

A citizen’s right to a private life, including a private sexual life must also be protected, as recognised by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

A challenge initiated by David Norris in 1988 succeeded on these Article 8 grounds when the European Court held that the mere existence of legislation criminalising homosexuality amounted to an unacceptable interference by the State into his private life. The current proposals to criminalise the purchase of consensual adult sex would appear to be vulnerable on similar grounds.

 

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Common sense and rational thought are the enemies of the self-righteous and prurient. We have a duty to defend our right to freedom. If no harm is being done anyone ought to be able to do what they want. As Adam Smith put it, 'Everyone should be free to do whatever they want, as long as they are not interfering in someone else's freedom to do what they want' The only argument the 'other side' come up with, over private sex lives, is that 'It's not your body, it belongs to God' A ridiculous, illogical and moreover, false notion. Self-righteousness is the armour behind which hides shame. Hence, the Catholic Church being at the forefront of the movement to control other people's sexual choices. Then there's the left-leaning feminists who feel it's their right to decide what women should do with their bodies, in total contradiction to their beliefs, which are supposed to be to empower women to make their own choices. In their world, these choices are the ones that they decide are right.

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What always irks me whenever this 'Swedish Model' proposed legislation rears its head, is the blatant conflation that 'sex work' and 'trafficking' are one and the same thing and inextricably linked. Not to mention that there is existing legislation already to combat both trafficking and paid-for sex by a trafficked person.

 

 

This abhorrent crime is thankfully already illegal under the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008. The purchase of sex from a person who has been trafficked is also illegal under Section 5 of the Act

 

And if that's not enough, they ignore the rejections of the law in other places like Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand as well as Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (a right to a private life, including a private sexual life), and several other studies such as Anand Graver's 2010 report on the right to health which is quoted already in that article and in which he also called on all nations “to repeal all laws criminalising sex work and practices around it, and to establish appropriate regulatory frameworks within which sex workers can enjoy the safe working conditions to which they are entitled”

 

These morons over at TORLER using images of 'trafficked' children FFS in their propaganda are no better the moralisers who were persisting with the criminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland into the 90s, and should this law get passed it would be the first time the state has intervened in the private sexual lives of its citizens in such a way since. It's completely baseless and dis-proven that it will do anything to help the well-being of anybody. Least of all sex-workers who are yet again being stigmatised for engaging in their legal right to work and punters for their legal right to purchase sex.

 

But I'm preaching to the choir here, I know.

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What always irks me whenever this 'Swedish Model' proposed legislation rears its head, is the blatant conflation that 'sex work' and 'trafficking' are one and the same thing and inextricably linked. Not to mention that there is existing legislation already to combat both trafficking and paid-for sex by a trafficked person.

 

 

And if that's not enough, they ignore the rejections of the law in other places like Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand as well as Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (a right to a private life, including a private sexual life), and several other studies such as Anand Graver's 2010 report on the right to health which is quoted already in that article and in which he also called on all nations “to repeal all laws criminalising sex work and practices around it, and to establish appropriate regulatory frameworks within which sex workers can enjoy the safe working conditions to which they are entitled”

 

These morons over at TORLER using images of 'trafficked' children FFS in their propaganda are no better the moralisers who were persisting with the criminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland into the 90s, and should this law get passed it would be the first time the state has intervened in the private sexual lives of its citizens in such a way since. It's completely baseless and dis-proven that it will do anything to help the well-being of anybody. Least of all sex-workers who are yet again being stigmatised for engaging in their legal right to work and punters for their legal right to purchase sex.

 

But I'm preaching to the choir here, I know.

Indeed and without a shadow of a doubt sex workers suffer by far the most under this complete and utter insanity!

No punter will die as a direct result of this type of law, though it may be a factor in suicides due to isolation and depression, however it's quite likely a sex worker could lose his or her life if it's introduced into Ireland as already has happened in Sweden!

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Supreme Court challenge, here we come. 

 

The rights they are seeking to destroy are enshrined in the Irish Constitution, and this Irish sex worker will make them wish they had 

pursued a career in McDonald's. 

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