Residents have been in contact with us about an increase in this activity in the area recently. We raised the matter at the Joint Policing Committee and the Gardaí provided the figures for 2008 arrests. To November 2008 a total of 52 arrests of women prostitutes were made while 27 male clients had been arrested and charged. The Gardaí reported that 270 cautions were issued to prostitutes while 96 had been issued to male clients. The Garda report stated that about five female prostitutes account for many of the arrests and cautions.
The Joint Policing Committee adopted a motion calling for the fines for soliciting the services of a prostitute to be increased.