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08.46 27 Mar 2014


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Sex traffickers in Ireland make €250 million every year.

A new report, published by the European Commission, shows that the buyers of sex here are mostly well educated men in relationships.

92% are over the age of 45, earning over €20,000 a year.

One in five said they had come across young girls who had been trafficked, yet there has never been a single prosecution under Ireland's anti-human trafficking laws.

Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council, Denise Charlton, says "We find that when we look at the attitudes, that the fact that she may have been trafficked or the knowledge of human trafficking doesn't influence patterns at all. A high percentage of buyers reported buying sex from a seller who they believe had been exploited - but then there was a notable gap between that and reporting to the authorities."

Ms. Charlton told Newstalk up to a thousand women are for sale in Ireland at any given time:

The Immigrant Council of Ireland will hold a "Stop Trafficking Conference" in Dublin today.


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