The study looked at five EU countries: Ireland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland and Lithuania.
An estimated €25bn is made from the sex trade in Europe, of which €250m is made in Ireland.
It comes as the Immigrant Council said that 97 per cent of women working in prostitution in this country are migrants while a recent study by the US State Department reported that children were being subjected to prostitution Irish cities including Dublin and Cork.
“The announcement that the Government is examining the laws is welcome and gives us an opportunity to send a strong message to pimps, brothel owners and human traffickers that their activities are not welcome in Ireland,” Denise Charlton, the CEO of the ICI said.
“We are a coalition of political parties, trade unions, frontline emergency workers, the Rape Crisis Centres and many others who believe we now have an opportunity to end human rights abuses on our doorsteps,” Charlton said.She said that migrants are often tricked into working in the industry by being promised a better life once they come here.As the law currently stands in Ireland it is an offence to solicit prostitution in a public place but not to sell or purchase sex except where someone knowingly solicitors a person who has been trafficked for the purpose of prostitution.In 1995, The Late Late Show transferred to the more spacious Studio 4, adapted specifically to cater for this and Kenny Live.Three external broadcasts have aired, most recently from the Wexford Opera House on 5 September 2008.Oh, and the fact that Irish callers are forgetting to put the UK area code before dialling the number.According to the Irish Independent, Regional Development Minister Michael Ring, who represents the area, has called for action over the mix-up.The Immigrant Council of Ireland will host the conference where the Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello is likely to come under pressure to say what the outcome of the current review of prostitution laws in Ireland will be.Last week, the Justice Minister Alan Shatter published a major document as part of a public consultation process on whether Ireland’s laws around prostitution should be changed.Ms Charlton said the new research shows most people who pay for sex are highly educated and in a relationship.THE GOVERNMENT WILL be urged to make it illegal to pay for sex in Ireland at a conference being held in Dublin later today.The study shows that most buyers of sex in Ireland do not see any connection between their activity and the trafficking of girls and women.It also found that sex buyers are mostly well-educated men in relationships and that two-thirds of them are earning more than €20,000 a year.Original host Gay Byrne presented for nearly 40 years, holding out until the end of the millennium.