A NUMBER of teenage girls have been rescued from a brothel in Limerick following raids by gardaí.
A 17-year-old Romanian girl was last night taken into care after being discovered in the brothel with two others. It is believed she was working as a prostitute.
The two other teens rescued were also from Eastern Europe. One of them had undergone a sex change.
The other had an outstanding deportation order against her and arrangements were being made to deport her from the country late yesterday.
It also emerged yesterday that another young girl who was found working in a brothel in the city some weeks ago had been in HSE care.
More than 40 prostitutes have been charged in Limerick since January 1.
They were arrested for soliciting and for operating brothels in the city centre.
Superintendent Frank O’Brien described the discovery of the three teenagers as a very sinister development.
“Some weeks ago a girl under the age of 18, a juvenile from Africa, was found in a brothel in the city. She had been missing from HSE care in the Dublin area.”
Supt O’Brien said additional resources have been deployed in recent months which had resulted in the high number of arrests and cases being brought before the courts.
“The level of prostitution in Limerick seems to be high and the women involved are mainly Eastern European and some come from Brazil.
“We would be very concerned at the human trafficking involved.
“We know a lot of young girls come from countries abroad with the promise of jobs. They are then put into a room and effectively expected to work as prostitutes,” said Supt O’Brien.
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