Divorced couple avoids jail for running north Dublin brothel16/01/2013 - 15:48:26
A divorced couple involved in running a brothel in north Dublin have avoided jail with fines and suspended sentences.
Bernadette Kiss of Moy House, Custom House Square, but originally from Hungary, and Romanian national Istvan Zeffer with an address Whitehorn Grove, Artane pleaded guilty to organising prostitution at Burnell Square, Malahide on January 28, 2011.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring called the sex industry one of the most profitable in the world and said prostitution involves an abuse of the vulnerable for financial gain.
The court heard gardaí discovered the Coolock brothel during a drugs investigation and found prostitutes lured from countries such as Hungary whose services, at €250 per hour, were being advertised on the website Escort Ireland.
Twenty-nine-year-old Istvan Zeffer's received a six-month suspended sentence for acting as a gofer who, in exchange for sexual favours, posted online ads and chauffeured the prostitutes from Dublin airport.
He has been ordered to pay €1,000 to prostitute-support group Ruhama.
His ex-wife, 29-year-old beautician Bernadette Kiss, admitted keeping the brothel but was described as "no king-pin".
She has been given an 18-month suspended sentence and is to pay €3,000 to Ruhama.
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