Monday 23 January 2017

Armed gardai raid homes as part of probe into alleged 'slave' trade

Greg Harkin

Published 29/09/2015 | 21:11

ARMED gardai have raided a number of homes in Letterkenny in Donegal as part of an investigation into an alleged 'slave' trade.

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Gardai seized mobile phones and computers as part of an ongoing operation which is also targeting people trafficking and prostitution in the Border counties.

A man in his 40s has been arrested.

Detectives believe teenagers and young men in their 20s have been trafficked into Ireland from eastern Europe to work as 'slaves' in a number of businesses.

Six men were rescued from a premises in Letterkenny earlier this month, with four returned to their families.

The HSE is assisting gardai in the investigation.

A number of apartments were searched as part of the investigation this afternoon.

The investigation - which is being led by Gardaí at Letterkenny, assisted by The Garda Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit, Romanian Authorities, The Department of Justice and other Government Agencies - is continuing.

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