LAST week’s RTE Prime Time Investigate’s show has lifted the lid on the sex trade in Dundalk, suggesting that the town is a hotspot for the brothel business.
The show which was presented by Paul Maguire, who is a former employee of LMFM, uncovered one pimp who was transporting girls between brothels across the county, including Sallins, Ennis, Cavan and Dundalk.
The man was identified a Romanian national, was using an apartment block in Dundalk to conduct his business.
The programme showed the man had a harem of girls, who he alternatively move from apartment to apartment. Secret filming took place in Dundalk, with girls been shuttled in by the man in a Mercedes.
It later revealed that the apartment was raided by Gardaí, and the three girls arrested for ‘brothel keeping,’ and subsequently charged at Dunalk District Court.
The show also outlined how the pimp would ferry girls to and from court, and later brought them to Dundalk Garda Station so they could sign on as per their bail conditions, despite the fact that they were shown to be working in brothels elsewhere in the country.
The show also featured a girl working out of Dundalk called Lolita, who said that she did not like moving, but it nescessary as the ‘punters’ wanted to see new girls.
RTÉ said the programme had been researched and partly filmed before the broadcaster had opted to shelve the Prime Time Investigates strand, pending an investigation into editorial processes in its current affairs division.
That review – carried out by the Press Ombudsman, Professor John Horgan – was completed in December and is awaiting publication.
Production of Tuesday’s programme had been undertaken by the Prime Time team and had continued under the supervision of Steve Carson, who is acting Editor of Current Affairs.
In a statement RTÉ said it had decided to air the programme now “because of the serious issues of criminality and exploitation of vulnerable women involved in the sex industry”.