Legislation needed to target sex buyers

first_img Previous articleAssault claim resolved as Dundon moves on appealNext articlePrison redevelopment tenders sought Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WITH increasing pressure to tackle the areas of Limerick city that are swathed in prostitution, local TDs are now being urged to push for the relevant provisions to be made in legislation to end abuse, exploitation and trafficking of young women to the Irish sex industry.Doras Luimní, the Limerick based migrant support group are challenging TDs to use the new Dáil term to introduce laws targeting sex buyers in order to end abuse, exploitation and trafficking.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The call by group follows a unanimous recommendation from the Oireachtas Justice Committee for such laws after an extensive process which attracted 800 written submissions and public hearings.As part of one of the 68 strong organisations forming the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign, Doras Luimní is seeking the new laws and has the support of trade unions, employers, emergency workers, survivors of prostitution, farming groups, human rights organisations and many more.Karen McHugh, CEO, said: “A milestone has been reached in the efforts to shut down the pimps and traffickers whose actions have brought organised prostitution to every part of Ireland, including our local communities here in the Mid West.“It is now well over a year since the Government announced a review of the laws on prostitution. Since then the Oireachtas Justice Committee has examined the issues involved in detail and has come to the unanimous conclusion that the way forward is to introduce laws targeting the buyers of sex,” added the group’s CEO.In December 2011, over two dozen men were brought before the courts for soliciting under cover gardai for the purposes of sex. But the group and the members of the TORL campaign are looking for legislators to go one step further and enact laws that will target the buyers of sex on the street.“That recommendation is a tribute not only to our partners in the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign but also to the many local people who as individuals have joined us in calling for change. Throughout this time however, the criminals have continued their work.“We know this is a fact given that 19 children discovered in Irish ‘commercial sex’ during 2012 and escort websites advertise an average of 800 women for sale online every day.”Ms McHugh continued: “The issues involved have been debated and the recommendation has been made. It is time now for the politicians to act on the cross party support which has been achieved. We are calling on all our local TD to ensure there is no further delay and to seek the introduction of legislation as a matter of urgency.Last week, unknown pranksters posted signs on three street corners in the city highlighting areas of a “Red Light District” and supposed hours of operation.This met was met with anger amongst the business and residential community in the affected areas.The Doras CEO is urging that “It is also important that local people continue to call for the ending of this crime in our communities and we are asking them to add their voice to the campaign through www.turnofftheredlight.ie/action.There is an opportunity for real change and Ms McHugh said there is a “chance to offer hope to hundreds of women currently trapped in prostitution. If we let it slip by then many more will end up at risk of a life of threats, abuse and violence.”via Legislation needed to target sex buyers (556) | Limerick Post Newswrite. WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLegislation needed to target sex buyersBy Staff Reporter – August 23, 2013 559 Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Email Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Luka Burilović, HGK: Work quotas for tourism are not a permanent solution, but firefighting

first_imgRELATED NEWS: The conference “TOURIST EMPLOYEE: Challenges and Opportunities” was held today in Zagreb at the Westin Hotel, organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Partners.  Luka Burilović, HGK: A set of measures for the “here and now” is not enough, but a long-term plan. See the conclusion of the conference by the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli below in the attachment. He also said that it is crucial to create conditions for employers to raise wages and attract the necessary labor force, and that in the development of tourism we should always keep in mind the broader picture of the economy.With the development of tourism with a high quality offer, we are moving towards year-round business. I can cite health tourism as an example. This in turn means fewer seasonal workers and more workforce with a secure job and a continuous source of income”, Concluded Burilović. Gordana Deranja, president of HUP, said that success in tourism is influenced by many factors. “The importance of tourism for our country is unquestionable, but next year will be challenging due to a number of external factors such as the recession in Italy, the slowdown in Germany’s growth and the return of Turkey as a destination. Tourism therefore needs stronger government support to be more competitive. Emigration has increased pressure to equalize working conditions with those on the EU market. “, stressed Deranja and called for reducing the workload or lowering VAT in order to increase the investment potential of tourism companies.  The objectives of the conference were to determine the situation on the labor market in the tourism and hospitality sector in conversation with key stakeholders and, using available statistics, to harmonize the needs of employers and the labor market in employment and (further) education of current and future workers in tourism. regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector, present and analyze the occupations of the future in tourism and present the efforts of EU funds for employment and education in the tourism and hospitality sector. Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli said that without the understanding of all other ministers and stakeholders in tourism, nothing can be achieved. “We all put the ‘jerseys’ aside and threw ourselves into solving the problem. The government has recognized the importance of tourism and set aside around HRK 2 billion for employment in this sector, which can be a safe haven for many future workers.”, Said Cappelli, adding that we must develop a year-round offer through health tourism and sell knowledge in addition to services. center_img Photo: HGK “Work quotas for tourism and hospitality for this year have been increased by almost 75 percent, but this is not a permanent solution, but a firefighting. A lasting solution is to align education with labor market needs. Namely, in this school year, 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be trained as waiters, and 2160 students wanted to. At the same time, the largest number of workers in 2017 in tourism was in demand in the area of ​​accommodation and food preparation and serving. So we lack the ability to adapt quickly. A set of measures for the “here and now” is not enough, but a long-term plan.”Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović at the conference” Tourist Worker – Challenges and Opportunities “.  Cappelli: We all put ‘jerseys’ aside and threw ourselves into problem solving. As part of the conference, two panel discussions were held on how to attract and retain a tourism worker and how to manage human resources and educate people for tourism. The goals of the conference are to determine the situation on the labor market in the tourism and hospitality sector, to harmonize the needs of employers with the education system and to analyze the future interest in tourism. Those interested were also presented the possibilities of using EU funds for employment and education in the tourism and hospitality sector.  Tomislav Tolusic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, said that tourism is invaluable for our economy. In addition to 12 billion euros in revenue last year, it also brings in the rise of other related industries, particularly the agricultural and food industries. “We have become a destination known for its gastronomy and good wines, and without tourism this would not have been possible. As for the shortage of workers, we had to think about it five years ago when there were 300.000 unemployed on the stock market, but it is not too late and we must all work together to improve the situation. “, said Tolusic, noting that nothing will be fixed overnight.  “Our goal is to activate the domestic workforce as much as possible, this year 20.000 unemployed people expressed their desire to work in tourism, and we organized connections with employers for them. We have enabled the return of retirees to the world of part-time work and increased quotas for foreign workers, all of which should reduce the pressure on the labor market. “, said Minister of Labor and Pension System Marko Pavić.last_img read more

Curtain falls at Dodge City with Soderberg Memorial

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept. 26) – The curtains came down on the 2015 season at Dodge City Race­way Park with Brendon Gemmill, Jamie French, Angel Munoz and Reagan Sellard earning Saturday IMCA feature wins.Past track champion Gemmill worked forward from his 12th starting position to capture his se­cond Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win of the year atop the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval.With Jimmy Brozek racing into the lead from the second row outside on the opening circuit, Gem­mill went to work on the topside and surged into the lead at the midway point. Once out front, Gem­mill moved to the bottom and drove away to put away his tenth DCRP win over the past four seasons.The parity continued in the IMCA SportMod ranks with French wiring the field to become the 12th different winner in as many events this season.French raced into the lead from the third starting position on the opening round and gradually slipped away.In IMCA Sunoco Stock Car action, Munoz added his lone local win of the year in the division to a previous SportMod triumph.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event came down to the final round with lapped traffic play­ing into Sellard’s hands for his second triumph of the year.Sellard paced the opening eight rounds of the 15-lapper on the low side before Kyle Pfeifer rallied by on the top side. But when a lapped car slid up in turns one and two on the final circuit, Sellard raced back underneath Pfeifer to snare the win.last_img read more

School Supply Drive at FedEx Office Morning Mixxer

first_imgTo host a Morning Mixxer call 360.357.3362 or email [email protected] Located at 3510 Pacific Ave SE, Ste. G, they will be serving breakfast refreshments and featuring a Back to School themed scavenger hunt! A School supply drive benefiting the YWCA will take place at FedEx Office on Tuesday, September 4, as they host the Thurston County Chamber’s Morning MIixxer from 7:30-8:30am. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0center_img Morning Mixxer is held the first Tuesday of each month to provide a low-key atmosphere for area professionals to meet and greet. It is hosted by Thurston County Chamber members at various locations. General admission is $10. Chamber members pay only $5. Promotional sponsors: Mixx 96.1 and Anchor Banklast_img