Prostitution and Human Trafficking

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Denise has in-depth expertise in the area of sex trafficking and prostitution. She was Chair of Turn off the Red Light Campaign, which achieved legislative change in Ireland to address exploitation in the sex trade. She is presently working Turn off the Red Light, as strategic advisor, to look at implementation strategies in the context of legislative change, nationally and across the EU.

She is co-founder and Research Director with SERP (Sexual Exploitation Research Programme), University College Dublin. Presently areas of research and interest are the impact of changing legislation on the sex trade, the girl-child and the commercial sex trade and men’s engagement with the sex trade.

She works with various governmental and NGOs committees and expert working groups on the issues of human trafficking and exploitation within the commercial sex trade:
  • Irish Expert to the EU Coordinator on Human Trafficking and Expert member of working group on Demand
  • ENOTES national focal point (EU Observatory on Human Trafficking)
  • Founder of the High Level Working Group on implementation of the Sexual Offences Act and Co-Convenor. Expert member of the advisory committee on EU funded programme of Early Legal Intervention for Victims of Trafficking
  • The Irish Expert on the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women
  • Expert member of the advisory committee on EU funded programme of Early Legal Intervention for Victims of Trafficking

Expertise

Denise has expertise in the area of prostitution and human trafficking derived from work she has performed throughout her career, for example:

Overseen a number of research projects and initiated EU projects

Strategies for legal and policy change, nationally and across the EU

Representative to European and National expert groups and bodies​