Friday 23 August 2019

Files sent to DPP on people suspected of 'purchasing sexual services' following garda operation

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Jane Last

Jane Last

A number of files are being sent to the Director Public Prosecutions (DPP) following a garda operation targeting prostitution over the weekend.

The intelligence-led operation took place in counties Dublin, Wexford, Louth and Kildare.

The operation was targeting the demand for prostitution, and enforce legislation which criminalises the purchase of sexual service.

The garda exercise or 'Days of Action' was co-ordinated by 'Operation Quest' team at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, in liaison with local detective units.

During the three days, gardai stopped or spoke to 36 people whom they suspected of soliciting services from an individual involved in prostitution.

A number of files on those individuals are now being prepared for DPP, who will decide if any prosecutions will be taken.

Gardai say the operation is part of their ongoing commitment to target demand for prostitution, and to protect vulnerable people, including victims of human trafficking. 

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