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SERP team highlights concerns over Ukrainian refugee crisis

SERP have warned Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney that not all offers of help to Ukrainian refugees are genuine. More measures are needed to guard against women and children being abused, including through so-called 'sex for rent' exploitative practices, they have said. The Sexual Exploitation Research Programme (SERP), based in the Geary Institute for Public Policy at University College Dublin, warned Mr Coveney that gender-specific safe accommodation and other specialist supports should be put in place, adding: "Ireland continues to have an active sex trade, and as such is already a destination country for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation." Full article available here
Also the team's work on commercial sexual exploitation was highlighted in the Dáil on International Women's Day 2022.