Ruhama says brothel arrests in rural areas target prostitutes rather than promoters

A group which works with women affected by prostitution recorded a 4 per cent increase in the number of people they helped last year.

Ruhama's annual statistics report shows the 204 women they worked with in 2010 came from 31 different countries.

The group says the location of new victims of trafficking also shows the sex trade is now well established in smaller rural regions of the country, and is not just an urban issue.

The report comes after it emerged that over the last three years, gardai in Donegal, Cork, Galway and Kerry have had more convictions and charges than Dublin for alleged brothel-keeping.

However, Chief Executive of Ruhama Sarah Benson says more often than not, those making the real money are getting off scott free.....................

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