Tuesday 20 March 2018

Man arrested in 'slave' probe released pending further inquiries

Greg Harkin

A ROMANIAN man questioned by gardai investigating allegations of a 'modern day slave' trade in Co Donegal has been released pending further inquiries, gardai say.

The man in his 40s was released without charge this afternoon after being arrested in Letterkenny yesterday.

Local detectives assisted by the Garda Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-Ordination and law enforcement experts from Romania have been involved in wide-ranging investigations over the past three months.

Six young men have been 'freed' from the gang's clutches following raids on business premises on August 30.

Yesterday armed gardai raided apartments in Letterkenny and seized documents, phones and computers.

Gardai say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the investigation.

It is alleged young men were given just €5 per day to buy food after being trafficked into Ireland from Romania to work in businesses controlled by a gang leader.

The Romanian Embassy in Dublin has been kept up to date the investigation which is also focusing on the trafficking of young women into prostitution in Co Donegal.

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