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Pimp and proper

Peter McCormick
Peter McCormick
FIGHT: Campbell
FIGHT: Campbell

BRAZEN pimp Peter McCormick mounted another bid last month to make his sleazy sex trade look like a mainstream business.

A survey published by a website reportedly claimed to have polled foreign sex workers in Ireland over four years. 

The website domain , Ugly Mugs, is registered to Audrey Campbell, McCormick’s partner, who is also registered as a director of the company behind Escort Ireland.

Ugly Mugs claims to help protect prostitutes from dangerous punters and in its own survey claimed all those advertising in Ireland were “independent”.

The Sunday World has previously revealed how there are a number of pimps and criminal gangs trafficking women and men to work as hookers in Ireland.

These include the violent ‘Ghenosu’ gang from Romania, who trafficked women to work as prostitutes and were advertised on McCormick’s site.

Nasty vice merchant TJ Carroll also used the site to advertise his brothels, which included one 20-year-old trafficked from Africa and forced into the trade.

The entire sleazy industry in Ireland has to advertise through the website set up by McCormick. It is illegal to advertise prostitution in Ireland.

The ex-RUC man who is behind Ireland’s lucrative internet sex-for-sale racket keeps a tight control of his cash business.

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Attempts by other websites to advertise prostitution services have been the target of well-organised cyber attacks that have forced them offline.

His son, Mark ‘Fats’ McCormick, has also been convicted of brothel-keeping in Ireland and has served time behind bars.

During his court case he was described as a computer whiz, although gardaí were able to retrieve information from his laptop, including a manual for running a brothel.

It’s not the first time McCormick has tried to influence the debate of the laws surrounding prostitution.

Audrey Campbell was also behind a website called Stop the Blue Light, which was set up to combat a highly effective campaign to make it illegal to buy sex.

Stop the Red Light which has received support across a range of politicians, non-government agencies and trade unions is campaigning to change the law.

Earlier this year an Oireachtas committee recommended that legislation should be brought in to stop people paying for sex.

The committee recommended that regulations be changed to allow Gardaí to shut down mobile phone numbers used in sex-for-sale ads.

It also urged the Government to introduce tougher penalties for pimps and to make it illegal to access websites carrying ads for prostitution.

In its most recent report, Ruhama, an agency that helps women in the vice trade, said that it helped 91 women who had been trafficked to Ireland.

The organisation has also been targeted in an online campaign in a bid to discredit it.

“Ruhama may not be good for the business of organised prostitution, but we are good for women who need assistance and we are good at highlighting the secret and abusive underworld, which is the sex trade,” the organisation previously stated.