Manager of brothel in city centre apartment complex ordered to pay €10k to Ruhama
Two Hungarian women working as prostitutes in Ireland described their brothel keeper as a “second mother” and a friend, a court has heard.
Diana Karacsony (32) was ordered to pay €10,000 over to Ruhama, a charity that works with women affected by prostitution, after admitting her role in managing a brothel.
The Hungarian national pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assisting in keeping and managing a brothel in an apartment at The Asgard, Custom House Harbour, Dublin 1 on dates between January 1, 2011 and May 30, 2012.
Detective Garda David Kenny told Diarmaid Collins BL, prosecuting, that there was no evidence that any of the 25 Hungarian women gardai believed to be have been working out of the brothel as prostitutes were trafficked, coerced or “anything other than willing”.
He agreed that “the operation was run in a very professional manner”. The accused took 40 per cent of the hourly rates charged by the women.
One of the prostitutes said that she came to Ireland from Hungary to work for short periods. After one 14 day period she said was able to send €5,000 home to support her family and her studies.
After another, ten day, period she went home with €3,500. She said she had also worked as a prostitute in Austria but that the money was better in Ireland.
This woman, who was arrested when gardai raided the brothel, told investigators that she was not in fear of the accused and described her as her friend.
She said she relied on the accused to make sure the premises were safe. She said the accused worked hard, cooking and cleaning and that the prostitutes viewed Karacsony as their “second mother”.
Judge Catherine Murphy suspended a sentence of two years imprisonment on condition that Karacsony, who now resides in Budapest, pay the donation to Ruhama immediately.
She said she was taking into consideration the relative youth of the accused, the absence of any previous convictions, and the helpful admissions she made to gardai.