KIDNAPPED, DRUGGED, RAPED, BEAT ..THEN SOLD AS SEX SLAVES; Horrific truth about trafficking that shames Ireland.
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MORE than 100 women and girls, some in their early teens, were trafficked into Ireland to work as sex slaves over the past two years, a report revealed yesterday.
They were lured here in search of a better life but instead found they had fallen into the clutches of evil pimps.
The terrified ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. women have reported how they were kidnapped, raped and beaten by criminals who forced them to work as prostitutes across the country.
Of the 102 victims, 11 were children when they were brought to Ireland.
COCAINE In shocking testimonies, the women reveal how they were given cocaine so they could service as many clients as possible and beaten if customers complained they had not been satisfied.
A third of the victims were gang-raped while more than half of the women reported being raped in transit to Ireland to force them into the sex trade.
More than one in five - 22 per cent - were held in check by pimps' threats that loved ones at home would be beaten or killed or their homes torched if the women tried to escape.
The study also revealed there are more than 1,000 women - up to 97 per cent of them migrants - working in brothels BROTHELS, crim. law. Bawdy-houses, the common habitations of prostitutes; such places have always been deemed common nuisances in the United States, and the keepers of them may be fined and imprisoned.
2. across Ireland.
But the sick exploitation remains hidden as the women are forced to work in apartments owned by pimps or brought to hotel rooms to service clients.
Researchers claim the sick trade is worth about EUR EUR
In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Euro.
The currency market, also known as the Foreign Exchange market, is the largest financial market in the world, with a daily average volume of over US $1 trillion. 180million a year.
The report, released by the Immigrant Council of Ireland The Council of Ireland may refer to one of two councils, one proposed and one implemented for a brief period. 1920 - Government of Ireland Act
The Council of Ireland yesterday, is the first comprehensive study of sex trafficking in Ireland. ICI (language) ICI - An extensible, interpretated language by Tim Long with syntax similar to C. ICI adds high-level garbage-collected associative data structures, exception handling, sets, regular expressions, and dynamic arrays. founder Sr Stan Kennedy said the shocking level of exploitation of migrant women demanded an urgent response from Government.
She added: "This report uncovers a heartbreaking and sickening litany of rape, abuse and exploitation for profit of migrant women on Irish soil.
"Yet often our first official response is to look for breaches of immigration law This article or section contains information about scheduled or expected future events.
It may contain tentative information; the content may change as the event approaches and more information becomes available. , rather than addressing the urgent need to provide appropriate services and assistance." Patricia Kelleher, the main author of the report, yesterday warned the number of sex slaves here could be even higher than the 102 women identified over an 18-month period in 2007 and 2008.
She said: "Foreign women are literally being bought and sold and trafficked into Ireland.
"They are being imprisoned in houses across Ireland and forced to work as sex slaves.
"Around half are held hostage and the rest are controlled in other ways such as violence and threats to them and their families.
"Women from 16 different African countries and seven Eastern European countries are then being used to sell sex to Irish men." The report also revealed how the evil trade is being fuelled by well-paid and educated Irish men.
The average price paid was EUR150 for half an hour and EUR250 for an hour.
Most clients - 61 per cent - were married or in relationships when they paid for sex.
Nine out of 10 were Irish and one in four knew the women they had sex with had been forced into prostitution but didn't care.
The report also revealed that when trafficked women manage to escape or are rescued, they often don't receive the help they so desperately need.
In most cases they are arrested, held in custody and immediately deported for not having proper documents.
No one as yet has been prosecuted for trafficking offences in Ireland as the legislation only became law here in June.
Kathleen Fahy, director of Ruhama, which works with victims of trafficking, said the report left no doubt that sex trafficking is "a serious growing problem in Ireland".
She added: "The trafficking of women is well organised and covert.
"It is difficult to establish the full extent of this horrific criminal activity." The Immigrant Council of Ireland has called on the Government to criminalise Verb 1. criminalise - declare illegal; outlaw; "Marijuana is criminalized in the U.S."
illegalise, illegalize, outlaw, criminalize
nix, prohibit, proscribe, disallow, forbid, interdict, veto - command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother the buying of sex in Ireland.
Chief executive Denise Charlton said: "Men who buy sex might think they are involved in a consensual commercial transaction but the research findings give the lie to that.
"Men who buy sex are a crucial link in a chain of exploitation that results in serious harm to women.
"Without them, the sex industry would not exist.
"We call on the Government to criminalise the buying of sex in Ireland and to put in place effective programmes which examine the legal and human rights implications and the realities of prostitution."
Irish Mirror Comment
'I feel dirty, I'm confused and upset all the time
Girls reveal agony behind the sleaze sleaze
A sleazy condition, quality, or appearance: "His record of public service is untouched by any stain of shadiness or sleaze" James J. Kilpatrick.
"IT felt like a prison, no time for lunch and I was on call 24/7. I saw between five and seven men a day, with occasionally a day off.
"There was no choice about which men you saw and some men wanted sex without condoms. If you refused to have anal sex Noun 1. anal sex - intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman
anal intercourse, buggery, sodomy
sexual perversion, perversion - an aberrant sexual practice; you had to pay a penalty or 'security' men would beat you up." ISOBEL
"THERE were two girls in each apartment and you were available 24/7 to clients.
"Whether you were sleeping or cooking dinner, it did not matter; you had to answer the phone. The men were told they could do anything and if you refused they complained and you were fined EUR400." ANARA
IN Limerick, I have been intimidated with a gun... I have also had a guy hold a knife to my throat after paying for sex. He took money and went." SALVIA salvia: see sage.
Any of about 700 species of herbaceous and woody plants that make up the genus Salvia, in the mint family. Some members (e.g., sage) are important as sources of flavouring. "I AM practically numbed because of this job... you don't feel very good about yourself." NADIA
"I FEEL like nothing. I feel dirty. I feel confused and upset all the time. I want to get out of this work. I want a normal life. I am tired of all the lies to everyone, to my family, my friends at home. ANARA
"THE way the money works is you put all the cash from the clients in an envelope and it is collected every few days. A car pulls up and you hand them in the list of clients and all the money. The agency lodges money into a bank account. We get paid two weeks later, always in arrears minus the rent and fines. SALVIA
Lisa, 22, from South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.
LISA, a 22-year-old from Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. , was a student at university and worked as a dancer in a bar to pay her fees. A friend who returned from Ireland informed her that she could earn a lot of money here as a dancer and could go to an English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. school during the day. She offered to arrange a student visa, a flight ticket and to give her a contact of an agency in Dublin who would employ her as a dancer. When she arrived in Ireland, her dreams of earning high wages as a dancer faded. She realised that the contact was an escort agency escort agency n → agencia de acompañantes
escort agency n → bureau m d'hôtesses
escort agency escort n → . She was brought to an apartment where there were three other very young women from Latin America.
Lisa was told her job involved having sex with men. She would get EUR180 per session and the agency would get EUR220. The agency operated at the upper end of the market, servicing discerning professional customers. Lisa was expected to ensure that the customers were satisfied and she felt she had little option as she now owed a large debt. She claims champagne and cocaine are offered to the women which she has started to take to ease the pain of having sex with a steady stream of men.
Lisa said she is expected to provide a range of abnormal sexual acts, which she finds disgusting and is required to travel around Ireland to service men in hotels and apartments owned by the agency. She suspects the agency she works for is owned by Irish and Russians and is linked to a Nigerian group providing security.
Suzan, 19, from Sierra Leone
AT the age of 17, Suzan was raped by soldiers. At 19, she was offered work in Europe in the hotel sector by a "family friend" who arranged a false passport and other documents for her.
The friend accompanied her to Ireland. When she arrived in Ireland she was taken to a house and raped by his friends and forced into prostitution..
Dorin, 26, from Romania
DORIN is 26 years old. She was brought to Ireland via Amsterdam and sold by her boyfriend to an Irishman who owned an escort agency. She was coerced into prostitution through physical violence and death threats. There were also threats to her family at home.
MEN who buy sex in Ireland tend to be professionals, well- paid and highly educated
AVERAGE price paid was EUR150 for half an hour, EUR250 for an hour 61 per cent were married or in relationships
NINE out of 10 were Irish men
ONE in four who took part in Escort Surveys in 2006 believed they had met a woman who had been forced into prostitution.
102 women and girls who were victims of trafficking sought help from 10 services over a 21-month period in 2007 and 2008. None knew they were being recruited for the sex industry.
9% were trafficked through Italy, with some prostituted there before being brought to Ireland. Others travelled via Belfast.
11 were children at the time they were trafficked
The research, Globalisaton, Sex Trafficking And Prostitution - The Experience Of Migrant Women In Ireland, revealed widespread exploitation of migrant women in the sex industry. It found:
1,000 women are involved in indoor prostitution at any given time, with 800 advertised on escort websites
Between 87% and 97%
were migrant women from 51 nationalities. Between 3% and 13% were Irish.
1. A district or an establishment offering sensual pleasures or entertainment. Often used in the plural.
2. Physical or sensual gratification. REVIEWS
THE report also identified sick websites where Irishmen rate and review sex workers on value-formoney, looks and how much they appeared to enjoy it.
Postings reveal how paying for sex has become commonplace for some men here as they casually list the best venues to visit and trade tips on how to avoid getting clamped while at the brothels. Others objectified the women in the most dehumanising terms. One posting read: "Get her while you can lads.
"She is top shelf and probably in keeping with market prices when all the extras are taken in consideration."
SLAVERY Young migrant forced into prostitution PICTURE POSED