A spate of attacks on sex workers in recent weeks is being investigated.
A Garda spokesman said since the middle of October, seven attacks have been reported across Ireland, primarily in the Dublin area.
Sex workers advertising sexual services on online sites were targeted.
“The motive for these attacks appears to be monetary gain, although violence has been used and they have been terrifying incidents for the injured parties (female and male) involved,” the spokesman said.
“On each occasion an online appointment is made but when the ‘client’ arrives the sex worker is attacked and robbed by a number of males.
“Investigation into these attacks are at an advanced stage.”
Garda are working with all the injured parties involved in these incidents, with the spokesman adding these victims are being treated with the “utmost sensitivity and confidentiality”.
They are appealing for any sex worker who has been subjected to a similar attack to come forward and report it.
Officers can be contacted via the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or at any Garda Station.