[Stop-traffic] News/IRELAND: SEX TRAFFICKERS USE IRISH FIRMS TO TRAP FOREIGN GIR

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/IRELAND: SEX TRAFFICKERS USE IRISH FIRMS TO TRAP FOREIGN GIR
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Sep 25 2000 - 21:09:19 EDT


9-24-00 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: SEX TRAFFICKERS USE IRISH FIRMS TO TRAP
FOREIGN GIRLS.
By JOHN BRESLIN.
RUTHLESS sex traffickers are exploiting Ireland's shortage of workers in
the booming economy.
They are using Dublin as a stepping stone to provide prostitutes across the
Irish Sea in England.
Dozens of young eastern European women are being lured west with promises
of jobs.
But we have learned that they end up working in the sex industry,
Many of them are alleged to come west on work visas issued in Ireland.
An incredible 1,150 Latvians have been issued with permits in the last 12
months - more than 10 per cent of the entire total number issued.
And now questions are being asked about where they end up, as the
government is unable to monitor them after they arrive in Ireland.
The Irish Sunday Mirror has learned that immigration officials have raised
questions about the large numbers coming in from various countries,
including Latvia.
One source said: "At least 10 per cent of all people issued with work
permits come from one country, Latvia. Questions have to be asked."
It is thought a sophisticated forgery operation swings into operation once
an Irish employer signs up just one employee.
One major figure involved in Ireland's vice trade confirmed that a number
of Latvian and Lithuanian girls had passed through Dublin.
He said: "It makes sense to use a bona fide employer as a front to bring
Latvian girls here on work permits for the service industry."
>From Dublin, the sex trafficker uses the free movement between the South
and Britain to fill the demand for vice girls in London, Birmingham and
Manchester.
Once in the UK, the girl is an illegal immigrant and the pimp uses this to
keep her under his control.
(c) Mirror Group Ltd, 2000.
SUNDAY MIRROR 24/09/2000 P8
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