Women Rescued From Human Traffickers In Dublin

Two women have been rescued by Gardaí during an operation tackling human trafficking in the Capital.

As part of the operation, officers from the Garda National Immigration Bureau, working in co-operation with the Latvian Police, searched a house in Palmerston, Dublin on Monday afternoon.

During the search of the house, Gardai say they rescued two women aged 19 and 25 years. Gardai and other State Agencies are caring for the women.

Two men were arrested at the house for false imprisonment. The men, one of whom is in his 20s and the other in his 30s, are detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The collusion with Latvian forces is significant, as the Eastern European Country has been pinpointed as a hot spot for human trafficking.

According to the US State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, published in June 2009, Latvia is a "source and destination country" for women trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.

The report said that Latvian women are trafficked to Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece, Japan and Ireland for commercial sexual exploitation.

"Latvian teenage girls are trafficked within the country for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Latvia is a destination country for women trafficked from Belgium and Portugal for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation and for women from Thailand who may have been trafficked for the purpose of forced labor," the report said.

According to the US State Department, the Government of Latvia was not fully complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.

Last year, the same report also found that the Irish Government was also failing to fully complying with the standards needed to eliminate human trafficking.

The report placed the Republic in the second of three “tiers”, indicating that the Government is not adhering to minimum standards but is making significant efforts to do so.


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