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SERP receives funding to document pathways out of prostitution

SERP – the Sexual Exploitation Research Programme in the Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD – has received funding from the Community Foundation for Ireland’s Covid-19 Response Fund to document the supports women require to exit prostitution.  Pathways to Exit: How women leaving prostitution can be supported to rebuild their lives and regain their voice is a collaborative project in partnership with frontline support and advocacy agencies Ruhama and the Immigrant Council of Ireland. 

As a result of the pandemic, there is growing recognition that women need urgent support to exit prostitution. This project will document the extensive work undertaken by specialist frontline services to support women to exit prostitution, rebuild their lives and regain their voice.  SERP will examine how agencies involve women in shaping their services, and how they build women’s capacity to have a voice on issues that affect their lives. The project will be directly informed by women’s own views and experiences in identifying what quality service provision looks like for those who have been trafficked and exploited in the sex trade. This study will generate a model of good practice for the provision of exiting supports.  SERP is delighted to be the recipient of a Covid-19 Response Fund award to undertake this work.  Full news item available here.