There are twelve women working as prostitutes in County Tipperary at the present time, The Tipperary Star can reveal.
And, a move is underway in the county to make it illegal to pay for sex, although it has not gotten the unanimous approval of elected representatives.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd tabled a notice of motion at this weeks meeting of the County Council calling on the council to recognise that trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in Tipperary as a result of prostitution. And, she called for laws to be introduced to make it illegal to pay for sex, having noted the success of similar laws in other juristictions.
Cllr Seamie Morris stated that there is a tolerance of prostitution in Ireland and until such time as it is illegal to pay for sex, there would always be sex available. He added that many students in Limerick as acting as escorts in order to pay for their third level education.
However, Cllr Billy Clancy had other ideas. Offering the view that the problem expanded with the opening up of the borders, he pointed to the Swedish situation where they did exactly what North Tipperary is attempting to do now. The problem lessened whereas in Germany they went the opposite direction and legalised prostitution with the result that 1 million per day are availing of the services.
“They are even opening a mega brothel at the moment and I just feel that if we introduce legislation to ban prostitution people will just go to where sex is available to satisfy their desires. I am in two minds about this - if a women is prepared to enter into a contract with a man for sex, should we really be getting involved in that? We have banned drugs and it is has not worked and I feel the same would be true of prostitution,” he said. The motion was carried despite Cllr Clancy reservations.
There are prostitutes available in Thurles, Nenagh, Roscrea, Clonmel, Cashel, Tipp & Carrick-on-Suir presently.