Resolutions: Prostitution

Resolutions: Prostitution

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Transmission 26/01/1998


25min 12sec







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John Kelly leads a discussion on the topic of prostitution.

Commonly stated to be the world's oldest and most dangerous profession, the question is here asked, just who is in danger, the prostitute or society? Beginning with interviews with D.C.I. Gillespie from the RUC Care Unit, Eileen Calder from the Rape Crisis Centre and members of the public, the audience and panel are given a rounded view on prostition, with a mix of perceptions and facts provided.

These interviews are followed by a discussion with a gender-balanced table, all of whom approach the subject from a slightly different point of view, with the conversation encompassing such issues as violence against women, teenage prostitution and the notion of legalised brothels. Irrespective of the legal and moral rights or wrongs, it is suggested there needs to be protection in place for those involved in prostitutuon. Also, that the weight of the law if applied, needs to be equitable, with prostitute and client both held accountable. Finally, there is a fundamental question of why people get involved in prostitution in the first place and what preventative measures can be put in place to mitigate against such outcomes.


Presented by John Kelly

A Waddell Media production for UTV



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