Letterkenny Town Council has become the 29th local authority to pass a motion recognising that trafficking, exploitation and abuse of girls and women is taking place in the town, county and country as a direct result of prostitution.

The motion was brought forward by the Mayor, Cllr. Pascal Blake (Ind), who had been asked to do so by the Men’s Development Network.

Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh (FG), seconding the motion, said that according to Criminal Assets Bureau figures for 2011 the prostitution industry is worth an estimated €250 million per annum and has strong criminal links.

A number of organisations have already backed the "Turn off the red light" campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland. The campaign is being run by a new alliance of civil society organisations.

See the Letterkenny Post this week for more.

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