52 Trafficking/Prostitution Survivors Vote to Support Irish Survivor Abolitionists’ Efforts

10 Sep

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Survivors Connect Network, (Now Sex Trafficking Survivors United) an international coalition of trafficking/prostitution survivors, has voted unanimously to stand with and support the goals of our Irish sister survivor abolitionists.   These amazing women, some of whom are members of Survivors Connect Network,  are working courageously to bring the Nordic model  into Irish law while insisting on meaningful help for women exiting trafficking/prostitution.

Author, survivor and activist Rachel Moran explains further:

“In the run-up to the Irish government’s deliberations on the future of prostitution legislation in Ireland, I put out a global appeal to women who’d experienced trafficking/prostitution via Survivor’s Connect Network. I asked that they vote to support our efforts to see the basic principles of the Nordic Model implemented here in Ireland:

1 – The criminalisation of sex-buying.

2 – This law would of course criminalise only the buyers of sex, not the sellers of it, because we believe that no woman should be criminalised for her own exploitation.  and

3 – The pledge of real, practical and workable supports for women exiting prostitution, including education, training, housing, trauma counselling, and specially trained social workers.

“We Irish survivor abolitionists received wholehearted support; in fact many survivors from around the world asked how they might be of any further help or assistance. We were and are sincerely comforted to feel the collective solidarity of survivors of prostitution and trafficking in our struggle.

“To each of the many women who voted to support us, I would say this letter is a thank you, but in fact it is a statement that we cannot thank you enough.

“With strongest solidarity and deepest gratitude,

Rachel Moran”

12 Responses to “52 Trafficking/Prostitution Survivors Vote to Support Irish Survivor Abolitionists’ Efforts”

  1. foxy September 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Great day for the Irish

  2. LadyTiger September 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on ladytiger and commented:
    If you haven’t checked out this blog yet. You are missing all the ways women are working to end modern slavery in the world.

  3. Honie Briggs September 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Stella, it is great that you are passing along this information. Cheers!!

  4. teeceecounsel September 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Good things still happen! Good! :)

  5. alienredqueen September 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I did not know prostitution was legal in Ireland. o.O

  6. Gargh September 11, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    This positive step of assistance and protection, taken by a responsible society, has truly cheered me up today. I wish with all my heart that you could reason with people not to exploit others but unfortunately the reality is that sometimes all that works is a sufficient deterrent that makes it not worth the risk.

    I was watched an interesting tv report recently about a local police force who were seeing a successful reduction in bicycle thefts in the areas where they posted images of open eyes, supposedly triggering a behavioural reaction to the idea of being watched….

  7. Spiritual Vistas September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Wonderful! Unity and teamwork are powerful. Prayers for the Nordic model to be made into law in US and Ireland!

  8. ardentmeld September 18, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    Reblogged this on Ardentmeld's Blog and commented:
    We need to tell these stories from the roof tops, down the corridors, in the streets, and in the pews. Loud and clear and until we are heard and have no more stories to tell.

  9. emaginette October 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I’m glad you’re okay. I’ve missed your posts and was wondering what you were doing. From the look of this you’ve been very, very busy. Way to go, I am so proud of you and our gender. :-)

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