IRELAND - Young teens below the legal age of consent are being trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation, new figures show.
A cloak of invisibility now surrounds the sex trade, with criminals operating in a "hidden world" in which women are marketed over the internet, according to the support group Ruhama.
Ireland has become "firmly enmeshed in the global sex trade", the group, which aids women sexually exploited for commercial purposes, has warned.
It also fears more people may get involved in prostitution due to the downturn.
During 2007 and 2008, its newly published report stated there were 341 women directly assisted by the group, including 100 women trafficked into Ireland specifically for prostitution, the majority from Nigeria.
Six of the women were under the age of 18; some were as young as 15 at the time they were lured into prostitution...
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