Limerick solicitor says men caught in prostitution sting are suicidal

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

SOLICITOR Ted McCarthy, who represented a number of men who were charged last week with soliciting the services of prostitutes, says that naming the men has had a huge effect on their families.

SOLICITOR Ted McCarthy, who represented a number of men who were charged last week with soliciting the services of prostitutes, says that naming the men has had a huge effect on their families.

Mr McCarthy, who has more than 30 years experience as a solicitor, has also claimed that some of the men are close to suicide.

“My impression before the cases came to court was that they would not be named and this is what should have happened,” Mr McCarthy said when contacted by the Limerick Leader.

“The people that are really suffering are the families and especially the children with the run up to Christmas, they could have done without this,” he added.

Mr McCarthy - a former president of the BAR Association in Limerick - was critical of newspaper editors who decided to use the names of those who came before the courts. “It was selfish of the papers to name the men, just to sell a few extra copies,” he said.

“This whole episode has had a huge effect on some of the men, some who may even be suicidal,” he added.

Last weeks operation in which 27 men appeared before the local courts after they were arrested by undercover female gardai as part of a major new crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking.

Outside of Dublin Limerick has recorded the highest number of detections of prostitution and brothel keeping in Ireland.