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First man in UK convicted for paying for sex loses appeal against conviction

Yesterday, James Maloney lost his appeal after challenging his conviction for a three month prison sentence.

Mr Maloney is the first person in the UK to be jailed for trying to pay for sexual services.

In Northern Ireland it is illegal under to pay for sex under Northern Ireland’s modern slavery legislation that came into force in 2015.

Mr Maloney was given a three month custodial sentence and is required to pay £500 in compensation directly to the victim. The judge apparently believed a custodial sentence was required because (a) it was "predatory" behaviour to fulfill the "egotism" of the defendant (b) he put a vulnerable woman through a full contest.

CARE Spokesperson:

“CARE welcomes that the judge has upheld the conviction, which sends out the strong message that sexual exploitation is not tolerated in Northern Ireland.

“CARE is pleased to see the PSNI and PPS utilising the offence contained in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015 to bring about justice. 

“We hope this provision will continue to be used to protect the most vulnerable from sexual exploitation across Northern Ireland. 

“This conviction reinforces the effectiveness of this legislation and the need for it.” 

You can read more about Northern Ireland’s first conviction under purchase of sex law


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