DANGEROUS GAME; No Glamour in Prostitution, Women Told

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DANGEROUS GAME; No Glamour in Prostitution, Women Told


Byline: MARIE KIERANS

A NEW book claiming that prostitution is an easy way to make money will lure women into a sex-for-sale nightmare, it has been warned.

The Irish Sunday Mirror took to the streets this week to uncover the truth about Ireland's secret sex trade.

And what we found wasn't pretty. All across the country women are selling their bodies for as little as EUR15. Many are brutally abused and n't ry eir 5. nd be ad beaten by pimps, and most are addicted to drugs.

It's a far cry from the glitzy world of Scarlett O'Kelly's Between The Sheets.

Single mum Scarlett - not her real name - turned to prostitution to pay the bills when the recession hit.

She boasted about making EUR400 an hour and claimed EURhaving sex for cash is as relaxing as a yoga session.

Scarlett said: "Although I went into the sex industry because of economic necessity and although the double life I lead is sometimes extremely stressful, I have to admit that I often enjoy the work."

Scarlett admitted getting turned on by steamy sessions with clients. She added: "Sex with strangers can be exciting."

But Geraldine Rowley, of Dublin-based Ruhama, a group which supports women affected by prostitution and trafficking, revealed: "They feel like a piece of meat, used and abused and in constant fear of violence.

"Off-street prostitution is controlled by criminals, it is a dangerous world." And Geraldine slammed Between The Sheets for glamorising the seedy world.

She said: "This is one woman's story who was involved in the escort side of things for what appears to be a short length of time."

Geraldine warned even high-class escorts have to face the same grubby realities of the sex trade.

She said: "A woman or girl being bought for sex in a high-class hotel room has to perform the same sex acts as a woman on a street corner.

"That is the reality of prostitution: having to be available to be penetrated by strangers repeatedly on a daily basis."

CASE STUDY 1: Arrested & beaten

FORMER prostitute Sandra believes she'd be dead by now if she hadn't escaped the sex trade.

Abused as a child by a family member, she was 16 when a female cousin started working the streets.

She said: "I didn't know what to do but she showed me everything. I took drink to blank the men out of my head and take away the fear.

"I had no education, nothing behind me, no way of looking for a job. I was only streetwise. I went through the war on the street, being arrested, assaulted by punters and pimps."

Through the Ruhama group she plucked up the courage to start an English course and eventually found work as a waitress.

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