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Gardai question 38 people on suspicion of purchasing sex

The purchase of sex was made illegal in 2017 legislation.

Gardai carried out three days of action targeting demand for prostitution (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai carried out three days of action targeting demand for prostitution (Niall Carson/PA)

By Cate McCurry, PA

Gardai have questioned 38 people on suspicion of having bought sex from a person involved in prostitution.

As part of Operation Quest, gardai carried out three days of action targeting demand for prostitution, which has been outlawed since 2017.

The intelligence-led operation took place across nine garda divisions from September 16 until 21.

Garda targeted areas in Dublin, Kilkenny/Carlow, Cork City, Kerry, Galway and Donegal in both rural and urban areas.

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Buying sex has been outlawed since 2017 (Yui Mok/PA)

The operation was co-ordinated by the team at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, in liaison with local detective units.

Some 38 people where stopped and spoken to by An Garda Siochana, over suspicion of having purchased sexual services from a person involved in prostitution.

A number of files will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The gardai said the operation reinforces their commitment to target the demand for prostitution and to protect vulnerable persons, including victims of human trafficking involved in prostitution.

This is the second national operation targeting the demand for prostitution in 2019 and further operations are planned.

PA

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