01 Jul 2022

Sex trafficking ‘modern day slavery’

offaly Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has described as “modern day slavery” the issue of sex trafficking in Ireland.

offaly Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has described as “modern day slavery” the issue of sex trafficking in Ireland.

The Fine Gael Chair of the Party’s Internal Committee on Justice Equality and Defence, was speaking in light of the recent Operation Quest which saw 140 brothels raided north and south of the border, including two in Tullamore

“Operation Quest, headed by the Garda Organised Crime Unit, which targeted brothels on both sides of the border, has left many people flabbergasted at the scale of organised prostitution in Ireland. Although many of the women found to be at the centre of this sinister ring were found to be living in this State and the North legally, some were also victims of trafficking by gangs from here and abroad,” explained Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy.

She added, “It is deeply saddening to consider that, in this day and age, women are being treated in this way, being victimised and exploited, in what is tantamount to modern day slavery, when at their most vulnerable. The Gardaí and the PSNI have excelled in this operation and are to be commended for their hard work and commitment to bring these low-life criminals to justice.”

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said the fact that 120 raids took place in this State alone, with raids being carried out in almost every county, indicates the widespread and serious nature of this activity.

“Reports of trafficked women being sold between gangs for prostitution genuinely sickens me and is reminiscent of some sick Hollywood movie. The fact that this is going on in our towns and villages is almost too much to bear.”

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