Access Denied: Sex Worker Health and Well-Being in the Context of Criminalization

Kathryn McGarry, Paul Ryan, Adeline Berry, Belle Guarani

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This chapter is based on findings from a study funded by HIV Ireland, in collaboration with the Sex Workers’ Alliance of Ireland (SWAI) focusing on the impact of the recent sex purchase ban on sex workers’ health and well-being in the Republic of Ireland. Through a participative framework, employing peer led focus groups, this study explores how sex workers in Ireland are navigating their health and well-being within a restrictive legal environment. This research positions sex workers as experts in their own lives, challenging dominant discourses which discredit sex workers’ realities when they trouble abolitionist frameworks. This chapter reports on key findings emerging from sex worker voices collected in this study including impacts of sex working laws on health, safety, well-being and access to justice and indicates recommendations for rights based and inclusive policy for sex workers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGiving Voice to Diversity in Criminological Research
Subtitle of host publication‘Nothing about Us without Us’
EditorsOrla Lynch, James Windle, Yasmine Ahmed
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978152915533
ISBN (Print)9781529215526
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


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