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Ruhama Annual Report 2018

Posted on 30 April 2019

Ruhama, Ireland’s only dedicated national frontline service for women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, today launches its 2018 Annual Report.The report details the support Ruhama provided during 2018 to 313 women of 40 nationalities, including 122 victims of sex trafficking from 29 countries. 

Women supported were provided with services individually tailored to meet their needs, including: emergency response, advocacy and accompaniment, education and job-seeking programmes, housing and social welfare supports, counselling and holistic therapies. 

Ruhama are calling on urgent further action to reduce commercial sexual exploitation in Ireland. CEO Sarah Benson commented - “We welcome recent Garda action to target sex-buyers in line with the law, particularly as there has been only one conviction of a sex to date. The government must also do more to raise public awareness of the fact that it is now a crime to pay for sex.”

Ms Benson continued; “The ‘normative’ effect is the intention of the law: to ensure the public is aware that it is not okay to purchase sexual access to another person. You cannot simply bypass meaningful consent by paying money and thereby preying on someone’s financial need or precarious situation.”

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Ruhama Annual Report 2017

Posted on 18 June 2018

Ruhama, Ireland’s only dedicated national frontline service for women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, today launches its 2017 Annual Report. This details the support we provided to 304 women, transgender people and men from 39 different nationalities across the world.

In 2017, we supported 109 victims of sex trafficking from four different continents. 

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Ruhama Annual Report 2016

Posted on 28 August 2017

In launching its 2016 Annual Report, Ruhama, Ireland’s only dedicated national frontline service for women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, outlines the support it provided to 304 women of 37 different nationalities from across the globe during 2016, including 92 victims of sex trafficking from four continents.

 

Ruhama Annual Report 2016

Ruhama Annual Report 2015

Posted on 09 September 2016

Ruhama see 16% increase in the range of nationalities seeking support.

Sarah Benson, CEO said: “Of particular note in 2015 was a 16% increase in the number of different nationalities of women engaged with. We engaged with and provided assistance to women from 43 different countries."

 

Ruhama Annual Report 2015

Ruhama Annual Report 2014

Posted on 07 December 2015

In 2014 there was a notable increase in the number of one-to-one support provided to women in Ruhama. We believe this reflects the increasing complexity of women’s needs and the levels of trauma many have experienced whilst in prostitution. Yet despite their obvious vulnerabilities, including poor physical and mental health, addiction, debt and homelessness, in the eyes of the law these women continue to be criminalised for their involvement in on-street prostitution. With this in mind we welcomed the publishing of the Sexual Offenses Bill towards the end of 2014, which contained a provision to decriminalise the seller and criminalise the buyer.

Annual Report 2014 FINAL published

Ruhama Annual Report 2013

Posted on 05 November 2014

Ruhama’s Annual Report 2013 which was published during our 25th anniversary year. While there have been some key moments in our work and in the existence of the sex trade during those 25 years, some of which are highlighted in this report, many of the issues surrounding the commercial sexual exploitation of women in Ireland still remain.

Annual Report 2013
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