Peter Stringfellow ready to open a lap dancing club in Dublin. .

Peter Stringfellow and his two Irish partners courted the media in advance of the opening of Stringfellows lap-dancing club in Ireland. Posing with one of his Irish born lap-dancers, the businessman says he plans to lure more Irish women to work in his new club in Parnell Street, Dublin.

My mission is to convince the Irish girls and their mums and dads that it’s OK to come to Stringfellows and be a dancer, I’d be delighted to open up with a dozen.

Meanwhile in Leinster House, an Oireachtas committee was meeting to debate the commercial sexual exploitation of women.

Ruhama is a Dublin-based non-governmental organisation that works on a national level with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Director of Ruhama Kathleen Fahy, believes lap-dancing clubs tend to be a route into prostitution and have normalised sex as entertainment.

Ruhama has already identified 33 women who have been trafficked into Ireland to work in the sex industry and believes there are as many as 70 more.

Concerns have been expressed that Stringfellows lap-dancing venue will represent the increasing sexualisation of the Irish entertainment industry.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 October 2005. The reporter is by Niamh Nolan.