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Court orders Galway woman organising prostitution to leave the country or go to jail

Declan Brennan

Published 12/10/2012 | 17:21

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A court has ordered a Hungarian woman living in Galway convicted of organising prostitution to leave the country or go to jail.

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The court heard that the three Hungarian women found in a flat in Sandyford, south Dublin were working voluntarily as prostitutes after hearing that they could make hundreds of euro a day in Ireland.

Mother of two Roxanna Zolnay (36) was the agent for a man based in Switzerland who organised to bring the women from Hungary to work as prostitutes.

One of these women told gardai that it was commonly known that there was “good business” to be had in Ireland and that prostitutes could charge up to €200 for one hour.

This woman described the accused as a receptionist and said that on a “good day” she earned around €800 and she would give the Zolnay €100 for the upkeep of the flat.

Garda Sergeant Donal Griffith told the court that Zolnay named the man she was working for but as he was living in Switzerland they could not arrest him.

She told gardai that she would email the details of Ryanair flights to the woman in Hungary and also act as translator when they got to Dublin.

She said that she took calls from clients on mobile phones which were listed on an “Escort Ireland” website and would direct these clients to the prostitutes.

Zolnay of Geata na Cathrach, Fairgreen, Galway pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard to organising prostitution at an apartment in Sandyford on May 29, 2012.

Judge Martin Nolan said he would suspend a sentence of two years in jail on the condition that Zolnay leave Ireland for five years.

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