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Meet the hooker who was a 'Mother' to 20 escorts at IFSC brothel

Jailed: Diana Karacsony earned up to €200,000 a year from the sex trade
Jailed: Diana Karacsony earned up to €200,000 a year from the sex trade

She was described as a “second mother” to the prostitutes who worked in her brothel, but madame Diana Karacsony earned a fortune from the sex trade.

On Wednesday, Hungarian Karacsony was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for five years, in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after being convicted of organising prostitution.
 
During her trial, it was claimed that Karacsony was a “mother and friend” to her “staff” and just wanted to provide a safe place for the women to work.
 
However, the Sunday World can reveal that the Hungarian hooker was a hard-headed businesswoman who was pocketing more than €200,000 a year from her clients.
 
The 29-year-old’s lucrative business venture was uncovered during the joint Garda-PSNI Day of Action on May 29, 2012, during the course of which over 160 premises were searched North and South of the border.  
 
Karacsony was arrested and interviewed on the day. However, following her release, she fled the jurisdiction and was ultimately arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.
 
She told gardai she was earning around €1,000 a week from both her own work as a prostitute and from “contributions” made to her by women who shared her apartment at the Asgard complex at Custom House Harbour in Dublin’s financial district.  
 
 
However, records seized by gardai suggest that she was raking in far in excess of these figures.  
 
Over a two-week period in January of that year, one of her girls had personally earned €10,000 – with Diana’s take from this figure being a cool €4,000.
 
Speaking to the Sunday World, retired detective Alan Bailey - who worked on the garda’s Operation Quest - claimed she was making a fortune.
 
“A conservative estimate of her earnings as a ‘madame’ would suggest that in her first full year, she took in the region of €200,000. 
 
“This figure is staggering when one considers that it came from a little independent operation in Dublin’s financial district.”  
 
Karacsony came to Ireland for a period in 2008 to work in the sex industry. Gardai believe that she set up the brothel after realising how much cash could be made.
Mr Bailey said she set up Angel City Agency, an “employment” agency based in Hungary, with her boyfriend.  
 
“She built up a group of 20 girls. In return for signing individual contracts, she paid their air fare to and from Ireland, provided accommodation, English language lessons and a secure premises. They also paid her 40 per cent of their earnings.”
 
Mr Bailey said the point of the garda operation was to protect vulnerable sex workers.
 
He said: “In all cases of this nature, the approach of the Gardai is to assign the role of victim to the girls actually engaged in prostitution and to only go after the big fish, in this instance, Diana.”