A CHILD found abandoned outside the GPO in Dublin city centre may have been smuggled into the country by human traffickers.
Gardai are extremely concerned by the discovery of the girl who is aged between 14 and 16.
She was being cared for by the HSE today as detectives in Store Street garda station held a case conference.
They are desperately trying to identify the teenager and her country of origin.
She was found by a garda who was on patrol in O' Connell Street 10 days ago but had no identification and was unable to speak to officers for several days.
However she drew several pictures which displayed images of her being sexually abused on a bed.
She also drew pictures of men handing over cash to other men.
This has led the investigation team to work on the theory that she may have been trafficked into the country by an evil child sex trafficking network.
Gardai are satisfied that the mystery girl is aged between 14 and 16.
Investigators are also examining whether they should carry out a DNA test on the girl who has been described as extremely confused and disorientated.
By Ken Foy, Crime correspondent