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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: 'SLAVE TRADE' PROBE.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 09:56:05 EDT


7-4-00 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: 'SLAVE TRADE' PROBE.
By LYNNE KELLEHER.
GARDAI were last night investigating Ireland's first sex slave case.
A file has been sent to the DPP after a girl was smuggled into Ireland and
forced into prostitution on Dublin's streets.
Crime gangs in Eastern Europe have targeted Ireland for their sex rings.
A number of girls forced into slavery have already been rescued off the
streets of Dublin and are now living in safe houses.
It is estimated that around 500,000 women have been beaten or drugged into
submission by pimps working in Europe's biggest organised crime gang.
The girls are then bought and sold in an underworld slave market by the
pimps.
They are smuggled into the west by the brutal gangs who frequently rape the
girls before sending them out on the streets.
The pimps promise them jobs in bars and restaurants in developed countries.
But on arrival their passports are taken off them and they begin a life of
terror on the streets.
Geraldine Rowley, spokeswoman for Ruhama, an organisation working with
prostitutes in Dublin, said: "These women are in fear of death if they try
to leave the traffickers."
(c) Mirror Group Ltd, 2000.
THE MIRROR 04/07/2000 P7
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