The Immigrant Council of Ireland has launched a major social campaign to highlight sex-trafficking and the early age at which many girls enter into prostitution.
'Real Men Don't Buy Girls' is the message of the campaign aiming to use high profile men from Irish music, sport and the arts to create greater awareness amongst young men about trafficking both in Ireland and abroad.
Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said: "We are delighted that some of Ireland's best known men are uniting to launch this important awareness campaign and deliver the message that there is never any excuse for buying a girl, either here in Ireland or when travelling abroad with mates. In Ireland one in four people sex-trafficked is a child.”
Charlton said the message of the campaign reflects what they know most men believe, 'Real Men Don't Buy Girls'.
“Men throughout the country will be encouraged to add their voice to the campaign on social media, where they will be encouraged to submit their own photos,” Charlton said. “As a frontline agency we know that girls and young women are often being tricked into coming Ireland only for the grim reality of their situation to dawn when they are picked up at Dublin Airport and forced into a life of selling their bodies. This is something no brother, young father or any man should find acceptable.”
Charlton added that they hope to use this campaign “to get young men to reflect on this and ensure they are fully aware of the reality behind trafficking."
Broadcaster Dáithí Ó Sé, one of the men kickstarting the campaign added: "I am delighted to join with men from all parts of Ireland to make a clear stand that there is no acceptable level of sex trafficking. We know already that this is a crime which is a modern day scourge and something which real men will never tolerate. Whether away for a music festival, sporting event or on a stag party abroad there is never an excuse for buying girls.
“We must ensure that there is no safe haven for traffickers and organised criminals who line their pockets by trampling on the human rights of women and girls."