Words: Aoife Ní Bheirn
Geila Ibram, a 27-year-old sex worker was murdered last Tuesday in Limerick.
Vigils have been organised across the country in memory of Geila Ibram, a Romanian national who had been living in Ireland for three weeks before she was killed.
In response to her death, ROSA Ireland has organised two standouts for Geila Ibram, and all victims of femicide and gender violence in Limerick and Dublin.
The Dublin vigil will take place at the Spire on Thursday from 18:00.
Sex workers’ advocacy groups such as the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) and Ugly Mugs have criticised the use of Ibram’s death to support the further use of the Nordic Model in Ireland.
The Nordic Model, introduced under the Criminal Offences Bill (2015) and Sexual Offences Act (2017) has been argued to make sex workers less likely to report dangerous clients to gardaí. The Sexual Offences Act prohibits the purchase of sex and introduced increased penalties for sex workers sharing premises.
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