Monday 24 July 2017

Consequences of public shaming

A top lawyer claims that men guilty of soliciting for sex could be driven to suicide over naming, writes Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

A leading lawyer has claimed that the naming and shaming of men caught propositioning undercover gardai posing as prostitutes could drive some to suicide.

The claim was made as it emerged that €10,000 in fines imposed on 21 men caught in the Limerick garda "honey trap" soliciting operation has been given to a group which is proposing that prostitution be prohibited and men caught paying women for sex prosecuted and publicly named.

Gardai last week defended their actions in bringing 21 men to court and publicising their identities but claimed it was not their intention that their names be made public.

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