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Councillor Mary Howard

Howard welcomes progress on sexual offences bill

The publication of the Heads of the Sexual Offences Bill, which criminalises the purchase of sex, has receive the seal of approval of Councillor Mary Howard, a long time campaigner on the issue.

Councilllor Howard said, “I warmly welcome the publication of a Bill, which will target the source of the demand for the sex trade.”

The Cabinet has given the go ahead to Minister For Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to prepare the necessary legislation.

Ms Howard is a stong supporter of TORL (Turn Off The Red Light). TORL is made up of Irish Civil Society Organisations, trade unions, NGOs and individuals working together to raise awareness about the damage of prostitution and sex trafficking, and lobby the Government to legislate to put an end to the exploitation of women and children in the Irish sex industry.

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