Law graduate who sought to challenge sex buyer ban passes away

Laura Lee

A law graduate who sought to overturn Northern Ireland’s ban on the purchase of sex has passed away at the age of 39.

Laura Lee, who was born in Dublin but lived in Glasgow, worked in the sex industry and campaigned for sex workers’ rights.

In a statement published on Twitter, her daughter Cat said Ms Lee “unfortunately passed away on Wednesday 7th February 2018”.

The statement continued: “She asked me to let you all know that she was so grateful for everyone’s support. I ask you to continue all of your amazing campaign work in her honour. I’m so proud of all my mum accomplished in her tragically short life.”

In a statement issued this morning, Ciarán Moynagh, solicitor advocate at Belfast-based McLernon Moynagh Solicitors, said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of our client Laura Lee.

“Laura courageously fronted a campaign and judicial review which sought to defend and protect thousands of sex workers who do not have a voice. In the face of much opposition she maintained great dignity.

“Laura Lee will be remembered as one of this country’s most fearless human rights advocates and we are committed to continuing her work.”