Mia Doring describes four years in the sex trade as ‘voluntarily raped for money’

Websites that let men rate and rate women they’ve paid for sex should be shut down, an event hosted by the National Women’s Council (NWC) has heard.

Ia Doring, who worked in the sex trade for four years in her early 20s, said she described her experience in the trade as “voluntarily raped for money for four years.”

Ms Doring, speaking at the release of an NWC report on sex work, said one of Ireland’s largest escort websites lets men “rate” it five stars for “value for money” and “satisfaction”.

“It’s awful, and people generally don’t realize that’s a thing,” Ms Doring said.

“They will rate you five stars and then write their little comments saying what they think of the experience. And whether they’re positive or negative comments, it’s all disgusting.”

Earlier this year, Attorney General Helen McEntee criticized such websites after it was revealed that an escort service was encouraging men to live out their “war-inspired” fantasies by paying to have sex with Ukrainian women.

After the war broke out, the site reported a 250 percent increase in searches for Ukrainian women. It was on the same website that Ms Doring was ‘rated’.

Ms McEntee said the government wants to shut down such websites but this has proved difficult as their servers are often based abroad.

Legislation banning the purchase of sex is currently under review by the Justice Department.

Speaking at the same event today, Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance said she believes forthcoming legislation regulating online media and service providers should be able to block “illegal” websites to “disrupt” the sex trade.

“The tech industry will be able to come up with a solution,” Ms Ward said, adding that the technology for it “exists”.

Paying for sex has been illegal in Ireland since 2017. Legislation banning the purchase of sex is currently under review by the Justice Department.

Proponents of this say it aims to eliminate demand for sex work, but opponents argue it makes sex work more dangerous by driving it underground.

The 2017 law also doubled penalties for “brothel upkeep.” However, this has been criticized by those who argue that two sex workers who chose to live together for safety reasons are being prosecuted for brothel maintenance.

Ruth Breslin, one of the senior researchers at UCD’s Sexual Exploitation Research Program and lead author of the NWC report, said the number of people prosecuted for brothel keeping was small. Ms Breslin said that when someone is convicted of running a brothel, she believes it is often a “real case” of a pimp.

Last week Independent.ie reported that women charged with running a brothel will not have their offenses expunged as part of a Justice Department plan to overturn 600 convictions for “selling sex” to help those who have been exploited or trafficked.

While organizations such as the NWC and Ruhama support the 2017 law, sex work advocacy groups and human rights groups have opposed it.

Ruhama’s Danielle McLaughlin said at the NWC event that the 2017 law needs time to be implemented and show that it works because we were “only a few years old and had a pandemic in between”.

“Typically, where there are naysayers, there is a vested interest in the naysayers to criticize the law,” Ms McLaughlin said.

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