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Grimes, Tara (2001) 'Such a taboo'. An analysis of service need and service provision for males in prostitution in the Eastern Region. Dublin: Irish Network Male Prostitution & East Coast Area Health Board.

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It is one of the functions of the work of the Gay Men’s Health Project (GMHP) to raise awareness on the issue of males in prostitution. In the course of our research programme we have become increasingly aware of the gaps in policy, information and awareness that exist at all levels of Irish society on the problems raised by this issue. In 1997 a research programme was initiated with a study on the reasons as to why males become involved in prostitution. That study focussed on the people themselves who engage in the practice.

In 1998 the GMHP became member and country co-ordinator for the European Network Male Prostitution (ENMP). Soon after it established the Irish Network Male Prostitution (INMP) with Open Heart House, Ana Liffey Drugs Project and Focus Ireland. This small group of voluntary and statutory agencies began meeting and in 1999 the 1st Forum on Male Prostitution was held in Dr Steeven’s Hospital. This Forum (opened by Mr Martin Gallagher who, at that time, was the Programme Manager of the AIDS/Drugs Service of the Eastern Health Board) provided the opportunity for an exchange of views on the issue of male prostitution and was addressed by local and international speakers. A 2nd Forum was held during the final drafting of this report.

This publication “Such A Taboo” is a result of the 1st forum and it also augments the perspective of the previous 1997 study. We confined our researchers to the views of the people who respond to or address the needs of males in prostitution, the service providers.

It is therefore with great pride that we are able to present this report to help to continue in raising awareness and hopefully implement a cohesive service for males in prostitution in the Eastern Region Health Authority area and also act as a resource guide for other Health Board regions.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Date
2001
Pages
77 p.
Publisher
Irish Network Male Prostitution & East Coast Area Health Board
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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