The majority of women forced into Magdalene laundries were there for minor offences such as theft and not paying for a train ticket.
A small number of women were there for prostitution - despite the stigma attached to those who were sent to the laundries and became known as Maggies, a slang term for prostitute.
The report also confirmed that a garda could arrest a girl or a woman without warrant if she was being recalled to the laundry or if she had run away.
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