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Category: Asset 8News & Views

Bundoran’s red light beach

March 14, 2012

By Staff Reporter

Bangkok? Eh, no, it's Bundoran.

Gardai in County Donegal are investigating complaints from the public after it was claimed that prostitutes were operating openly on a local beach.

The shocking claims were made in Bundoran, a coastal town in the south of the county, and focused on a beach popular with families and considered one of the best spots for surfing in Ireland.

Locals complained that a gang of eastern Europeans were “pimping” women around the beach, with several of the alleged prostitutes even offering hand-written “calling cards” outlining a range of explicit services.

An undercover reporter from an Irish daily newspaper contacted one of the numbers, and states he was told that the girls would be operating in the area on weekends.

The woman on the phone is said to have stated: “You call me Friday for sex on beach, no problem. Do whatever you want. My service is €200.”

Eyewitnesses to the seedy service said that the girls claiming to be selling sex were being shadowed by men thought to be overseeing the illegal activity.

A female witness said: “They (the women) were being followed by three men and it was clear that they were their pimps.”

Garda inspector Denis Joyce, based in the nearby town of Ballyshannon, birthplace of legendary rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, said

the gardai were “aware” of the reports and confirmed they were investigating.

Meanwhile, sex has also been making the news in Donegal, but for more positive reasons, as residents of the county were voted to have the “sexiest accent” in the whole of Ireland.

The county’s northern lilt proved popular with users of match-making website Parship.ie, with 42 percent of female users and 39 percent of males citing the rugged county’s accent as their favorite. It was also revealed that accents are important for up to one-in-five users when actually choosing a partner.

Unfortunately for Tipperary, the county’s accent was judged as “monstrous” for site users with only one percent of females using it ultimately favoring it.”

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