Belfast Telegraph

Trafficking link to Irish sex trade

Twenty-six women who were victims of trafficking were found working in the sex trade in Ireland last year, a charity has said.

Ruhama, which supports prostitutes, said two of the women were 18 when it began supporting them after they had been smuggled into the country as children.

Trafficked women are most likely to come from Nigeria, with gangs targeting the Edo state in the east African country, and also routinely smuggling women from Brazil, Romania and Zimbabwe.

Ruhama said its records showed women from 12 other countries were victims of smuggling, including Albania, Bulgaria, Ireland, Bolivia, Portugal, Pakistan and six other African countries.

Ruhama said demand for prostitution in Ireland is "prolific". It estimates about 800 women work in prostitution indoors every day in Ireland and less than 200 engage in it on the streets in cities.

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