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First person prosecuted in Northern Ireland since it became an offence to pay for sexual services

A 23-year-old man has become the first person to be prosecuted in Northern Ireland since the law changed in respect of paying for sexual services.

James Maloney of Drumarg Villas, Armagh is accused of attempting to obtain the sexual services of a female in exchange for payment.

It is alleged the offence occurred in the Dungannon area on August 28, 2016. The prosecution is grounded on a section contained with the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act when it became an offence to pay or attempt to pay for sexual services

It was the first act of its kind in the United Kingdom, and Maloney has become the first person to be prosecuted in respect of this section of the law.

At Dungannon Magistrates Court a defence lawyer said his client denies the charge.

District Judge John Meehan listed a contest for hearing on January 30, with a pre-trial review to be held in December.

A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed this is the first case of its kind since the law was introduced in 2015.

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