Is prostitution in Cork a problem? Your views
Lorna Ní Cheallacháin
"Legalising prostitution doesn't solve anything. The very fact there are brothels means there is an issue with it. I don't buy into people saying it being taken off the streets is better for the women involved, I don't know any woman who would willingly choose to do this. Legalising it will have the same women with the same issues being taken advantage of but the perpetrators won't be prosecuted."
"It wouldn't be such a problem if it was legalised and regulated. They wouldn't get away with trafficking sex workers and the workers would be better protected, have mandatory sti testing and pay tax.
There are different classes of prostitutes and hopefully the legal ones would be healthier and less likely to be junkies which might direct punters away from the more vulnerable women and into the legitimate brothels.
It'll never happen though, we don't have a government who care about finding some sort of start to a solution for these vulnerable women which is a pity as I doubt any little girl dreams of being a prostitute when she grows up and a woman might have more chance of safely exiting prostitution from a legal brothel and going on to a more stable life."
"Regulate and tax it."
Evan Coleman Murphy
"I think all major cities have this 'problem'. However I don't see why it's a 'problem' in the first place..."