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Keenan Nov 2021 SERP RuthBreslin Confronting the Harm report

Confronting the harm: Documenting the prostitution experiences and impacts on health and wellbeing of women accessing the Health Service Executive Women’s Health Service.

Download the full report from this link and for SERP’s briefing document, click here.  

Confronting the Harm: Documenting the prostitution experiences and impacts on health and wellbeing of women accessing the Health Service Executive Women’s Health Service.

This study was commissioned by the National Social Inclusion Office of the Health Service Executive (HSE), in recognition of the need to strengthen the evidence base on the health impacts of prostitution and the supports that women require, given the dearth of research in this area. The overall aim of the study is to provide empirical data on the impact of prostitution on women’s physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health.  The study was undertaken by SERP in collaboration with the HSE’s Women’s Health Service – a free sexual health service for women currently involved in prostitution.

This comprehensive study explores the profile of women in the Irish sex trade, their entry routes into prostitution, and their experiences within it.  It demonstrates the wide-ranging health impacts of sexual exploitation, with a particular focus on sexual, reproductive and mental health, and highlights the specialist supports that women in prostitution require.  The research launch is supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland.  

Media coverage

UCD Geary Institute: https://www.ucd.ie/geary/newsevents/news/text,597027,en.html

Irish Examiner: (opens in a new window)https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/ourview/arid-40746984.html

RTE News: (opens in a new window)https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2021/1116/1260296-prostitution/

Spin FM: (opens in a new window)https://www.spin1038.com/news-and-sport/sex-workers-are-being-violently-abused-at-the-hands-of-buyers-and-pimps-1278072

Irish Independent: (opens in a new window)https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/study-finds-migrants-with-poor-english-and-no-social-support-turn-to-prostitution-in-bid-to-survive-41059721.html

Irish Examiner: (opens in a new window)https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40745979.html

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