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Brazilian prostitute (73) guilty of working in Kildare brothel

Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus
Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus

THIS is the 73-year-old Brazilian prostitute who proves that age is no barrier to working in the oldest profession in the world.

At an age when most people are enjoying a quiet retirement, Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus was running – and working in – a brothel in Co. Kildare.

This week she walked free from court because she planned to return home as soon as the court case was over.

During the hearing at Naas District Court, Judge Desmond Zaidan asked her barrister if people were paying €80 to have sex with a 73-year old woman. 

“It would appear that way,” explained a Garda witness who also said a younger person appeared on the online advert.

The court heard a younger woman had been advertising on a sex-for-sale website, but De Jesus was the only person found working there by Gardaí. She said was running the brothel in a Co. Kildare backstreet to pay for her 40-year-old son’s kidney transplant.

She also wanted to return home to her seriously ill 98-year-old mother.

The terraced house in Basin Street, in Naas, was put under surveillance after a complaint had been made by a member of the public. 

When Gardaí paid a visit to the house on November 9 last year, De Jesus was seeking €80 for sex and she was the only person on the premises. Another younger woman was involved, but was not there at the time of the offence, according to the garda witness. 

Officers found just €80 in cash at the Basin Street property.

Gardaí said De Jesus had arrived in Ireland just days before the raid and only had a single customer. The OAP is believed to be one of the oldest people to come before the courts in connection with the sex trade.

But while the vast majority of prostitutes are in their 20s and 30s, there is also a number of women in their later years working in the business.

This week in court, De Jesus’s defence lawyer Matt Byrne said that she held a European passport and had been in Ireland on previous occasions. 

He added that she had no previous convictions of any kind and that she wanted to go home to Brazil.

“I don’t believe she will return to Ireland,” he said.

Asking that a jail sentence not be imposed, he added that she was “extremely embarrassed” and was not a person of financial means.

When asked by Judge Zaidan if her son knew what she was doing in Ireland, Mr Byrne said that he didn’t and she was only doing it to save him.

Gardaí said that they did not believe anyone had been forced to work in the brothel after the judge expressed fears that people could be open to abuse by people running brothels.

The court was told that there did not appear to be any criminal involvement in the sex-for-sale operation.

Ms De Jesus pleaded guilty to allowing the house to be used as a brothel at a hearing of Naas District Court.

The Brazilian woman, who wept during the hearing, had the assistance of a Portuguese interpreter for the proceedings.

Judge Desmond Zaidan applied the Probation Act on the basis that she was going back to her native Brazil after hearing the details of the case. 

He ordered that the €80 found at the brothel go to the State.

Judge Zaidan suggested that she might contact an organisation which helps women involved in the illegal sex trade. 

The case had been delayed several times since it first appeared before the courts last year. At a previous sitting last month the case was adjourned over a legal argument.

Before that, Gardaí had asked for more time to sort out a number of technical issues before the case proceeded.

However, the issues were put aside when Ms De Jesus had instructed her solicitor to put forward a guilty plea.