The conference was hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland as part of the European Commission-funded ‘Stop Traffick’ Project.
Immigrant Council chief executive Denise Charlton said criminalising sex buyers is the best way to prevent exploitation and the trafficking of girls and women.
Garda Faulkner said the girl was subscribed to the under-17s category of the website.
It was alleged she engaged in conversation with the accused.
Ms Charlton said the new research shows most people who pay for sex are highly educated and in a relationship.
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Roughly half the punters confirmed they had bought sex in Ireland, 12 said they had not, and the remaining 19 did not answer the question.
Of the 58 punters, all but eight had used a prostitute more than once — nine said “very often” and seven said “quite often”.A court heard the Lotto winner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, first had sex with the teenager when she was 15 in a Dublin hotel.Garda Stephen Faulkner said the man frequently travelled to meet the girl for sex, and gardai have recovered videos of sexual activity from the defendant’s phone.The garda officer said a complaint was made by the teen’s mother in January that her daughter, who is in her mid-teens, and the man were in a sexual relationship.The online survey also revealed that by far the biggest fear about paying for sex was not that they would be caught but that they would have a bad experience or contract a disease.Trends identified in previous surveys emerged again — a majority of those who paid for sex were middle-aged, in a relationship, earned a moderate wage and lived in cities or towns.