Broadcaster defends decision to feature part-time prostitute in new reality show

Sep 22, 2014
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RTE has defended its decision to feature a part-time prostitute in a new reality show.

Connected cast..L-R Alanna Diggin, Nicole McQuillan, Elayne Harrington, Venetia Quick, Anna Ryan, Kate McGrew

Connected cast: L-R Alanna Diggin, Nicole McQuillan, Elayne Harrington, Venetia Quick, Anna Ryan, Kate McGrew. “We need less stigma, more support and more humanizing of these women [who work in the sex industry]. It should be seen as legitimate work”, says McGrew.

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.”

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