Prostitute Laura Lee in legal action against sex law
Men who use prostitutes face up to a year in prison under new laws to criminalise payment for sex.
Next month Northern Ireland becomes the only part of the UK where paying for the services of a prostitute is a criminal offence.
The Department of Justice said that, as part of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act, it will be an offence to obtain sexual services for payment.
The new law removes criminality from prostitutes soliciting in a street or public place. However, it remains an offence to keep or manage a brothel.
More than 17,000 people here reportedly pay for sex each year.
A high-profile sex worker intends to launch legal action against the new law. Laura Lee said she will launch her case at Belfast's High Court after June and is prepared to take her fight all the way to the European courts in Strasbourg.
"I believe that when two consenting adults have sex behind closed doors and if money changes hands, then that is none of the State's business," she said.
"Sex workers' lives will actually be harder and the industry will be pushed underground."