Former prostitute relives her life in Limerick

Rachel Moran at the Hunt museum. [Picture: Michael Cowhey].
A FORMER prostitute has revealed how she had “hundreds and hundreds” of clients while working in Limerick city.

A FORMER prostitute has revealed how she had “hundreds and hundreds” of clients while working in Limerick city.

Rachel Moran who is originally from Dublin was based in the city centre in the 1990s, during which time, she says, she earned “tens of thousands” of pounds. The 37-year-old said she worked in brothels in six apartments at city locations - including Cruises Street, the Dock Road and the Ennis Road - where she performed sex and sexual acts for clients from both the city and the county.

“I would have spent more time in Limerick than anywhere else, other than Dublin of course,” Ms Moran explained.

“You would rent an apartment and run it as a brothel for whatever length of time until you got rumbled by the guards or the landlord or things turned violent. If the wives of Limerick knew what is going on - it’s an eye opener,” she said.

The mother-of-one - who now works as a journalist and author - worked in Limerick for periods of time ranging from four to six months on two to three occasions during the 1990s. She also travelled up and down from Dublin to work for shorter stints – “a week or two here or there”.

Her clients were charged a flat rate of £150 an hour no matter what service she provided.

“Most of the men are looking for intercourse but you have a good minority of them who are into all sorts of the weird and wonderful - a fantastical imagination some of them have, they would ask for things you’d never have heard of or imagined.

“They could arrive at any time. They could land in on top of you at eight o’clock in the morning. You might see two men one day and 10 the next. It was difficult to judge.”

In general, the men who bought sex from her, she explained, avoided talking about their profession but were “overwhelmingly middle-class men”.

While the majority of her clients called to the apartments in the city centre, she also, “on a few occasions” travelled to homes in the city and county to tend to clients as part of “call-outs”.

“My idea of a few would be several dozen over a length of time. When you do call-outs, you usually find yourself in opulent homes, well-to-do, middle-class homes.”

Ms Moran who appeared on last week’s RTE Prime Time programme is a prominent advocate of the Nordic model for tackling the prostitution industry by targeting demand through legislation.

She was speaking at the regional launch of her new book, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, which was hosted at the Hunt Museum by Doras Luimni, the regional leader of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign.

See the weekend editions of the Limerick Leader for full interview.

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