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This successful challenge created a situation of effective decriminalisation, that also offered the women the same access to the protection of the law as anyone else.

During this period prostitutes were largely independent and had a good relationship with the Gardaí.

Also improving economic conditions and a weakening force of the Church allowed for a more visible and largely tolerated sex industry.

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By the late 1990s the age of the brothel, and the brothel-keeper, had truly returned.

Society seemed accepting of discreet, indoor prostitution establishments and every week the mainstream entertainment magazine In Dublin ran advertisements for escort services and 'massage parlouirs' (brothels), which were usually the business operations of a small number of men and women, who knew running brothels was illegal, but were prepared to take the risk, given the massive profits involved.

Increasing concern regarding venereal disease, particularly as a threat to the military led to the introduction of a series of Contagious Diseases Acts in the 1860s, enabling authorities to apprehend and detain any woman suspected of prostitution and force her to submit to examination for disease.

As in many other countries opposition to the Acts, provided a rallying cry for emerging women's movements.

This movement became linked to Catholic conservatism which demanded social purification of the pure Irish soul.

Thus the 1920s saw the decline of Monto, as the Legion of Mary founded and led by Frank Duff successfully crusaded to close down the brothels of Monto and bring religion to the area.prohibited contraception and required sex crimes cases to be tried in camera, preventing media coverage and contributing to the illusion of Irish purity.In the 1950s there was much public attention around the plight of Irish women working as prostitutes in England.Anna Haslam in Dublin and Isabella Tod in Belfast, both of the Ladies National Association, organised opposition and a recognition not only of the plight of these women but also of the root causes.Emerging nationalism tended to see prostitution and venereal disease as legacies of colonialism that could be resolved through independence.Madden denounced Culen and began writing the book during the ensuing trial, at which Cullen received eighteen years imprisonment.

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