Thursday 14 December 2017

Editorial: Worrying new twist in old scam

GARDAI freed two young women in a surprise raid on a premises in west Dublin as part of a joint investigation with Latvian police into suspected human trafficking.

The two Latvian women used their mobile phones to alert friends in Latvia who then contacted gardai.

In this case, gardai believe the two women had been lured here by people who intended to force them to marry two Asian men.

This woul allow the men get Latvian passports, entitling them to live and work anywhere in the EU.

In many more cases, women may willingly marry strangers for financial reward, thus allowing people who have no right to live and work here access to all of the ER countries.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has raised the scam at EU level, but the full weight of the law must be brought to bear to end the exploitation of vulnerable young women.

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