Tuesday 6 December 2016

Yvonne Kinsella: We might like to ignore it but the 'oldest profession' is far from dead

Yvonne Kinsella

Published 14/06/2013 | 17:00

TO MATCH BC-SWEDEN-PROSTITUTION...A prostitute waits for business om Malmskillnadsgatan street in central Stockholm in this file photo from December 16 1998. It is 11.30 p.m, bone-piercingly cold and in the lonely shadows of Malmskillnadsgatan, the oldest game in the world is in play.
Women ply their trade and men reach for their cash in a street scene repeated on dark corners each night across the world. A few blocks away across Stockholm at five star hotels along the frozen waterfront, businessmen pay up to 100,000 crowns ($11,600) to sleep with escorts, says one researcher. TO MATCH BC-SWEDEN-PROSTITUTION
REUTERS/Tomas Oneborg...C
TO MATCH BC-SWEDEN-PROSTITUTION...A prostitute waits for business om Malmskillnadsgatan street in central Stockholm in this file photo from December 16 1998. It is 11.30 p.m, bone-piercingly cold and in the lonely shadows of Malmskillnadsgatan, the oldest game in the world is in play. Women ply their trade and men reach for their cash in a street scene repeated on dark corners each night across the world. A few blocks away across Stockholm at five star hotels along the frozen waterfront, businessmen pay up to 100,000 crowns ($11,600) to sleep with escorts, says one researcher. TO MATCH BC-SWEDEN-PROSTITUTION REUTERS/Tomas Oneborg...C

WITH nearly 1,000 escorts advertising their services on just one website in 29 of the 32 counties, prostitution in Ireland could not be described as a dying trade.

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The internet has changed the face of the sex trade in Ireland completely. From practically anywhere in the country, you can dial a mobile phone number and have an escort on hand to cater for your every need in roughly an hour.

This week on the 'Tom Dunne Show' on Newstalk, we heard from escorts who are so in demand that they actually go 'on tour' in groups, renting hotels and apartments around the country to cater for the desires of a sex-hungry nation.

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