Gardai rescue teens in city brothel swoop
There teenagers, one of whom had undergone a sex change, were rescued from a brothel by gardai.
The raids in Limerick came as it emerged that another girl found in a brothel in the city several weeks ago had been missing from HSE care in Dublin.
A 17-year-old Romanian girl was taken into care yesterday after she was discovered in the brothel with two others.
It is believed she was working as a prostitute.
The two other teens who were rescued were also from Eastern Europe.
One had undergone a sex change. Another had an outstanding deportation order against her and arrangements were being made to deport her late yesterday.
More than 40 prostitutes have been charged in Limerick since January 1.
They were arrested for soliciting and for operating brothels in the city centre.
One girl who was found working in a brothel in the city some weeks ago had been in HSE care.
Superintendent Frank O'Brien described the discovery of the three teenagers in the brothel as a very sinister development.
"Some weeks ago a girl under the age of 18, a juvenile from Africa, was found in a brothel in the city. She had been missing from HSE care in the Dublin area," he said.
Supt O'Brien said additional resources had been deployed in recent months, which had resulted in the high number of arrests and cases being brought before the courts.
"The level of prostitution in Limerick seems to be high. The women involved are mainly eastern European and some come from Brazil," he said.
"We would be very concerned at the human trafficking involved.
"We know a lot of young girls come from countries abroad with the promise of jobs. They are then put into a room and effectively expected to work as prostitutes."