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SERP Research Webinar

SERP – the Sexual Exploitation Research Programme at UCD – is pleased to invite you to the launch of our latest research:

Shifting the burden of criminality:

An analysis of the Irish sex trade in the context of prostitution law reform

Join our launch webinar: Thursday 19th November 2020, 11:00-12:00

Hosted by UCD’s Geary Institute for Public Policy, this event is an opportunity to become more informed about Ireland’s sex trade and will provide important insights into the impacts of recent legislative reform in this area.  This original research shines a light on the experiences of women in prostitution in Ireland, the involvement of organised criminality in the operation of the sex trade, and policing and legislative responses. The research study is an essential new addition to the evidence base in this field and deconstructs many of the popular misrepresentations regarding the impacts of Ireland’s prostitution legislation on those caught up in this exploitative trade.


Dr Monica O’Connor and Ruth Breslin (co-authors), SERP


Associate Professor Ursula Barry, Gender Studies, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD


Dr Marie Keenan, Associate Professor, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD

To register for this Zoom webinar please visit: (opens in a new window)https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/127693026279

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!


This research was funded by the Department of Justice and Equality under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018, and was supported by the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD.

Contact the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

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T: +353 1 716 8198 | E: sp-sw-sj@ucd.ie |