Dundalk a ‘Vice City’

TONIGHT’S RTE Prime Time Investigates show which is set to shed light on the murky world of prostitution, is to feature instances of “oldest profession” in Dundalk.

TONIGHT’S RTE Prime Time Investigates show which is set to shed light on the murky world of prostitution, is to feature instances of “oldest profession” in Dundalk.

According to the show which screens tonight (Tuesday), the trade is booming in Ireland and Dundalk is no exception.

Several case of alleged prostitution and brothel running have come before Dundalk Courts in recent months, with trade apparently booming in Ireland despite the recession.

This will be the first episode of the RTE show since its dramatic fall from grace at the end of last year, after it was found guilty of defaming Fr Kevin Reynolds.

RTE said the programme would reveal the identities of people profiting from prostitution in Ireland. The broadcaster said: “On any given day there are up to 700 women advertising sex for sale on escort agency websites that circumvent Irish law. More than 90 per cent of the women online advertise as independent escorts, supposedly free from controlling pimps. The opposite is the sordid truth, as Prime Time can reveal.”

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 was completed in December and is awaiting publication.