As in other countries, street prostitution has declined in favour of off-street prostitution.
Following the death of Laura Lee on 7 February the legal challenge was withdrawn. While exact s are very hard to obtain, the research suggested between and people working on any particular day, the majority of whom were women, with the commonest age range being 25— As in other countries, street prostitution has declined in favour of off-street prostitution. In Septembersex worker and law graduate Laura Lee brought a case to the Belfast High Court to re-evaluate the current prostitution laws in Northern Ireland, and to repeal Lord Morrow's law  that made the purchase of sex illegal in Submissions closed on 1 November The vote on clause 6 was to approve it.
The hearing had been granted for a judicial review,  and the date was to be announced.
The committee reported on 10 Aprilwith members divided on clause 6. The Justice Department continued to be opposed to clause 6. Since it resembles legislation enacted in Swedena public debate on the irelahd of that law ensued,  in addition to discussion as to what the state of affairs in Northern Ireland actually was.
The Department of Justice carried out its own research published in and init commissioned a research study, which was carried out by the Queen's University Belfast, and released in October Research into Prostitution in Northern Ireland. District Judge John Meehan was due to hear the case at a later date. Of those, no action was taken 3 cases, 2 men received cautions and the remaining two cases were being considered by a senior prosecutor.
While prostitution was only one element of the Act, the Act also stated that soliciting and loitering were no longer offences and that a jreland of support would be offered to those exiting prostitution. Seven were referred to the PPS. Purchasing sex[ edit ] Influenced by policies in Swedenthe Democratic Unionist Party Peer Maurice Morrow successfully campaigned for the criminalisation of purchasing sex in Northern Ireland.
The researchers irelan that under-age prostitutes were uncommon, and that most prostitutes did not start till they were of legal age.