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Saturday 20 January 2018

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

Greg Harkin

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

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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