‘Pretty Woman glamorises something that destroys lives. Prostitution is far from pretty. It is ugly. Prostitution is the context for most sex trafficking. They are two sides of the one coin.’ Above, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in  the film ‘Pretty Woman’, 1990. (Photo by Buena Vista/Getty Images)

(...) are independent escorts, that it’s just a job like any other. Even the word escort is a sanitisation(...)

 ‘In 2011 Fianna Fáil polled just over 387,000 votes, down some 471,000 on its 2007 performance.’ Above,  Micheál Martin,  Fianna Fáil leader  at last year’s ard fheis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

(...) remained virtually unchanged in two and fallen in the other four. The level of stagnation is illustrated by(...)

Mohammed Ali Malek, one of two survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of people trafficking, is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti, at Senglea in Valletta’s Grand Harbour. Photograph: Reuters

(...) of the testimony of other survivors.Investigating magistrates, who began their questioning of(...)

Zhou Yongkang: he has been accused of a range of crimes ranging from taking bribes to having mistresses to leaking state secrets. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/EPA

(...).The investigation showed that Mr Zhou used phone taps and other methods to gather information on the family assets(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo  training ahead of his side’s quarter-final second leg against Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

(...) game needs to finish goalless and for Real to win on penalties. Any other draw and it would be Atlético(...)

Sandown Park is expecting an 18,000 sell-out crowd for Tony McCoy’s final day of racing on Saturday. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images

Champion Chase trip of two miles) as we have more options with him tactically, depending on what the other(...)

Barcelona forward Neymar  scores his second goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg against  Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou  Camp. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

(...) plausible. The problems may be at the other end. Blanc had said that scoring goals would be possible(...)

Ibrahim Halawa  was one of 493 people arrested for their alleged role in violence during protests  on August 16th and 17th, 2013, in the Ramisis area of central Cairo in Egypt.

(...) criminals. He is now sharing a cell with other remand detainees from his trial,” wrote Mr Flanagan. Egyptian(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan  Kelly has said he disagreed with a decision by Dublin city councillors last week to reject a proposal to refurbish 64 empty flats at the O’Devaney Gardens flat complex (above) to provide temporary accommodation for up to 400 homeless families over the next five years. “That was a big project and an important project and I don’t agree with that decision,” he said.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

(...) to Dublin City, and other local authority, councillors were being rejected.He was reacting to the(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: spoke of the horror of the deaths of an estimated 900 people, many because traffickers had locked them in the hold of the ship that sank. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

(...) this year; 50 times more than at this point last year. “There are reports of other ships having sunk in(...)