PROPERTIES in Limerick and Clare were among 22 searched around the country in a two-day Garda operation targeting organised prostitution.
It is part of an international investigation into a criminal gang that operates across borders.
The raids in Limerick and around Ireland took place last Thursday and Friday and follow a six-month investigation by the Garda’s Organised Crime Unit into the suspected activities of a criminal gang - including brothel-keeping.
“The operation was conducted in close co-operation with Europol as part of an initiative targeting mobile organised crime groups active throughout Europe,” commented a Garda spokesman.
“More than 60 gardaí were involved, including members of Organised Crime Unit, local detective units and uniformed gardaí. The purpose of this search operation was to gather evidence in order to advance the investigation.
“Evidence of suspected prostitution activity was detected at a number these locations. During the searches, gardaí seized documentation, mobile phones, computers and money.
“A number of women present at these locations were interviewed by Gardaí and have been offered support and advice,” added the spokesman.
A male who was arrested in Dublin on Thursday has been released pending a file to the DPP.