DUBLIN, Ireland - There is increasing concern about attacks on sex workers in Dublin, and across the nation.
In the last month seven sex workers who have advertised their services online, have been attacked. The attacks are not restricted to just women and girls, but men have also been targeted.
"Detectives attached to 'Operation Quest' team at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, are liaising with local Detective Units in relation to a number of recent attacks on Sex Workers primarily in the Dublin Area," a gardai statement issued on Wednesday said. "Since the middle of October 2019 seven (7) attacks have occurred nationwide on sex workers advertising sexual services on online sites. Investigation into these attacks are at an advanced stage."
"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. On each occasion an online appointment is made, but when the 'client' arrives the sex worker is attacked and robbed by a number of men."
An Garda Siochana says they are working closely with all the injured parties involved in these incidents. They say they are treating victims with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.
An Garda Siochana is appealing to any sex worker who may have been subject to a similar attack to immediately report the incident. "You will be treated confidentially with compassion and sensitivity, the gardai statement said.
An appeal has also been made to anyone with information on "these callous, targeted attacks" to contact gardai "to assist in bringing these dangerous attackers to justice."
An Garda Siochana can be contacted via the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
A list of victim support groups are available through the Garda website.