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VICE CHARGES Man faces trial over Kildare brothel where 73-year-old prostitute was found working

Ireland's oldest sex worker stayed here despite claiming she was returning to her homeland in Brazil

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Perkusick-Santos and 73-year-old prostitute Terezinha
Aparecida de Jesus (inset)

Perkusick-Santos and 73-year-old prostitute Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus (inset)

Perkusick-Santos and 73-year-old prostitute Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus (inset)

A man accused of helping to run a brothel where Ireland's oldest prostitute was found by gardaí is facing trial over his alleged role in the illegal vice trade.

Haile Perkusick-Santos is charged with leasing two properties used as brothels in Naas, Co. Kildare, where 73-year-old Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus was found working as an escort.

This week at Naas District Court Judge Desmond Zaidan remanded Santos (44) to appear before the current Circuit Court sittings.

At a previous hearing it emerged Ms De Jesus had been before the same district court in 2017 where she was convicted for allowing the house to be used as a brothel.

She had been working as a prostitute in Ireland to raise cash for her son's kidney transplant and was returning home to Brazil.

The Sunday World later revealed how despite her conviction she continued to live in Ireland and was working as prostitute.

It emerged during her court case in 2017 how Ms de Jesus told gardaí she 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.

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

Judge Desmond Zaidan also asked if people were paying €80 to have sex with a 73-year-old woman.

"It would appear that way," said a garda witness who also said a younger person appeared on the online advert.

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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.

A week later the Sunday World discovered she was still offering sex for sale and had moved her business to an apartment off Cork Street, in the Liberties area of south inner-city Dublin.

Despite meeting one of our reporters posing as a client she later denied being in Dublin, saying she was in The Netherlands on her way to Brazil to look after family matters.

During Mr Santos' previous hearing last month it was confirmed by a garda that one of the addresses connected to the accusations against him was the same location where Ms De Jesus worked.

"I remember this, I was hoodwinked here," said the judge.

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Terezina Aparecida De Jesus

Terezina Aparecida De Jesus

Terezina Aparecida De Jesus

"She said she was doing the prostitution to pay for a kidney transplant for her 40-year-old son in Brazil. But one of the papers followed up on this, and it was a lie.

"It's not often I'm hoodwinked. And for the record, hoodwinked refers to the elderly woman, and not her solicitor who was acting on advice."

Mr Santos (44), with an address in Co. Kildare, had been arrested by appointment in Clondalkin before being formally charged and appearing in court in March.

Arresting officer Sgt Martin Long told the court that Santos' reply to the first charge was: "I don't remember that apartment, I don't know that address", but said for the second one: "I know this one. It's near the court".

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Perkusick-Santos is charged with running a brothel

Perkusick-Santos is charged with running a brothel

Perkusick-Santos is charged with running a brothel

Santos is charged with two counts of leasing the two addresses for use as a brothel for habitual prostitution, contrary to Section 11 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, as he was allegedly the name on the leases at Basin Street, and Dún na Rí Avenue, in Naas, on dates between 22 September, 2015 and 19 November 2016.

One of Mr Santos' conditions for bail is that he only holds a lease for the address where he lives and signs on at Clondalkin garda station.

Judge Zaidan remanded him on continuing bail on his own bond set at €1,000.

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