RTE has defended its decision to feature a part-time prostitute in a new reality show.Ohio-born Kate McGrew, who lives in Co Cork, is a sex worker and stars in RTE Two’s Connected which kicks off tonight.
It is currently legal to pay for sex in Ireland but illegal to solicit or advertise sexual services.
In a statement released on Sunday the national broadcaster said it did not choose pole dancer Kate, aka Lady Grew, for the final line-up because of her escort work.
The statement said: “The cast of Connected represent a diverse set of views on contemporary Irish life and the position and role of women in Ireland today.
“Kate was originally chosen as she is a working performance artist and is also a migrant into Ireland so she has an ‘outsider view’ of the country.”