Taoiseach Enda Kenny has complimented the makers of last night's Prime Time programme on prostitution.

Mr Kenny said the abuse of women by Irish men, as 'Prime Time: Profiting From Prostitution' portrayed, seems to be extraordinarily prevalent.

He said Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is looking at how the purchase of sex can be criminalised and the Criminal Law Offences Bill should be published this year.

The Taoiseach also complimented Ruhama for the work that it does.

He was responding to a question from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who said the programme showed how prostitution is a blight on Irish society.

Mr Martin said it is a fundamental denial of the most basic human rights of women in Ireland.

The ''Turn off the Red Light Campaign'' met Oireachtas members this afternoon.

Before the meeting, Senator Katherine Zappone said: "As a woman, I am revolted that Irish men, not all Irish men, but given the report's findings, a large number of Irish men, are participating and enabling the enslavement of women in every town in Ireland.

"Last night, the ordinary viewer would be left with profound questions as to how an investigative team can reveal such activity over a six-month period, with this same activity presumably being known to the gardai and not being prosecuted.

"Why are we watching this on television like some movie when it is the harrowing reality of our towns and cities? Our current laws are clearly not working.

"There is an inescapable interweaving of trafficking with prostitution and this exploitation must be stopped. We need legislation that can interrupt this activity which is an absolute infringement of human rights."