When: Wednesday, 6th June at 7.30pm
Where: The Sugar Club, map here
The Film: The Price of Sex
Facebook Event: here
The Irish Feminist Network and the Immigrant Council of Ireland invite you to the Irish premiere of the award-winning movie 'The Price of Sex', to be followed by a post-screening panel discussion on sex trafficking.
'The Price of Sex' is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.
Film screening will be followed by a discussion with the following panelists:
Paul Maguire, reporter of the recent Prime Time programme 'Profiting from Prostitution'
Linda Latham, Co-ordinator of the Women's Health Project, HSE
Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland
Una Mullaly, journalist and broadcaster
Chair: Keelin Shanley, reporter/presenter with Prime Time and the Consumer Show
Trailer and further details available from here: http://priceofsex.org/
Tickets available from here: http://entertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/873481653/events
We look forward to seeing you there!
Any questions? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to the second IFN Discussion Group!
Date: Tuesday, 15th May
Topic: Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
Guest: Sarah Benson, the CEO of Ruhama (which is part of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign) will introduce the topic.
Location: the Exchange, (Exhange Street Upper, Temple Bar) an arts collective whose website can be found here: http://exchangedublin.ie/
To facilitate discussion, we'll have these ground rules:
-Everyone has the right to contribute to the discussion
-Refrain from personal attacks, criticise the idea and not the person
-Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, transgender status, religious belief, disability, membership of the travelling community, marital status or family status.
Disclaimer: While we understand that this is a divisive topic within feminism, the Irish Feminist Network supports the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign. As such, we will be aiming to discuss this campaign and how to contribute to its success.
The exploitation of women in the sex trade is no longer an urban issue but is well established in smaller rural regions of Ireland, according to Ruhama.
Today (August 22nd) the Dublin-based NGO which supports women affected by prostitution published its Annual Statistics Report for 2010. Citing the increasing role played by mobile phones and the internet in advertising prostitution in Ireland the report observes that prostitution is no longer restricted to large urban areas but is a presence now in even the smallest rural communities. “It is happening in small communities in apartments, over shops and pubs – hidden in plain sight. Women are moved quickly and sometimes frequently and the criminals involved remain at arms length hiding behind a computer screen”.
The report shows that Ruhama worked with women from 31 different countries during the course of 2010, highlighting both the globalised nature of the sex trade in this country and the fact that trafficking is playing an increasing role in forcing women and young girls into prostitution. Of the 140 women the NGO supported through casework, 80 had been trafficked into Ireland. 61% of those trafficked came from Nigeria with Romania, Cameroon, Albania, Moldova and Ghana the next significant cohort. Other women came from countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Commenting on the statistics CEO Sarah Benson said, “This truly exemplifies the global nature of prostitution and trafficking and reflects the complexity of a frontline response such as that offered by Ruhama. We are constantly adapting to ensure that we are mindful and respectful of the diverse cultural backgrounds of the women accessing our services”.
Intoducing the report, Sarah Benson observes that the focus has turned in recent times, from the women and girls, and the small number of men and boys who are in prostitution towards those who are profiting. In this regard, she calls for the criminalisation of those who purchase sexual services. “There are a minority of men in Ireland who buy sex”, she said. “Most sex buyers are married or in relationships and will have a higher than average number of sex partners compared to non-sex buyers. The attitudes expressed by sex buyers surveyed, towards the women they buy are deeply troubling and indicate a total lack of respect and in some cases serious antagonism for the women involved.”
Through a combination of casework and street outreach Ruhama worked with a total of 204 women last year, an increase on 2009 of 4%.
To read Ruhama’s report in full click here.
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