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Tuesday 16 September 2014

'Escort' services still advertising in Carlow

PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING RING SMASHED

Elizabeth LEE

Published 09/02/2010 | 09:36

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The website which lists details of 'escorts' in Carlow.

WHILE THE prostitution and human trafficking ring operated by TJ Carroll and wife Shamiela Clark may have been smashed by the joint Garda and UK police operation, other 'escorts' in Carlow are still advertising their services on the internet.

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A website which lists details of ' escorts' from all over Ireland last Friday listed four women as being available in Carlow. Their advertisements included explicit photographs of them in varying states of undress, as well as personal details and a list of the services they were willing to perform.

According to the personal details given, the four ranged in age from 19 up to 41, and were natives of Spain, Italy and Brazil. The address for all four was listed as 'City Centre, Carlow', and prices were set at a common rate of ¤100 for 30 minutes or ¤200 for an hour.

All four advertisements stated that the women charged 'for time and companionship only', adding that 'anything else that occurs is a matter of coincidence and choice between consenting adults'. However, details listed of ' favourite' activities made it clear sexual services were on offer.

The website gave mobile phone numbers for each of the four women, and also included contact details for several other 'escorts' in the neighbouring counties of Kildare, Laois, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow and Wexford.

Gardaí in Carlow say they are investigating a number of brothels around the town but they do not believe they are linked to Carroll's operation.

'The Carrolls are a vicious gang,' said a spokesman for the gardaí. 'These brothels are illegal and they are being investigated.

'Searches are often carried out but we find that some of these places are not operating on the same scale. They are not permanent brothels and are often started up by women themselves operating out of a hotel room.

'They are all being investigated but we often find that they are not as organised an operation.'

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