Republic of Ireland

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Is selling sex criminalised?: 

Selling sex is legal if done indoors by sex workers working alone and soliciting in the streets is legal. However, working indoors with more than one sex worker is illegal and penalties were recently increased as part of the legislation introducing the blanket criminalisation of clients.

Is buying sex criminalised?: 

All forms of buying sex are criminalised.

Is organising/managing criminalised?: 

Yes, brothel-keeping, living on the earnings and procuring all criminalised.

Is there mandatory HIV/STI testing?: 


Is there mandatory registration?: 


Is sex work recognised as work?: 


Is sex work decriminalised with limited regulation?: 


Sources/further reading: 

Prostitution regulation in Ireland, which way now? (Oirechtas Library and Information Service) - Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 - Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 - Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 -

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