Defending the human right not to be bought or sold for sex
Beyond Exploitation is Ireland’s civil society campaign for equality and freedom from sexual exploitation. Led by National Women’s Council, with partner organisations Ruhama and the Immigrant Council of Ireland, the campaign supports the most vulnerable and silenced people in prostitution to have a voice.
The Beyond Exploitation campaign is an evolution of the Immigrant Council's previous Turn Off the Red Light campaign, which successfully campaigned to introduce the 2017 Sexual Offences Act which aimed to decriminalise those exploited in the sex trade and instead target pimps and buyers. The campaign reflected the gender inequality, violence and greed which drives prostitution and supports trafficking in human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation
Beyond Exploitation advocates for policies and measures that give all women and girls a real choice not to be bought or sold for sex.
Beyond Exploitation will be campaigning for measures aimed at giving people in prostitution real choice. We are advocating for full, integrated supports and opportunities that allow all people in Ireland to choose not to enter prostitution because of poverty, migrant status or discrimination, and that allow people to leave prostitution if that is their choice.
For more information, visit the Beyond Exploitation website.