Gardaí investigating a number of 'terrifying' targeted attacks on sex workers
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Gardaí investigating a number of 'terrifying' targeted attacks on sex workers

DETECTIVES FROM An Garda Síochána are investigating a number of recent targeted attacks on sex workers across the country.

Detectives from 'Operation Quest' at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau are liaising with local Detective Units to investigate a number of recent attacks on sex workers, with particular focus on the Dublin area.

According to a statement released by Gardaí, since the middle of October 2019, throughout the country there have been a total of seven reported attacks on male and female sex workers advertising sexual services online.

The attack occurs when a 'client' makes an online appointment for sexual services, but instead, a number of males arrive at the appointed time and proceed to attack and rob the victim.

Gardaí believe the motive for the attacks to be for monetary gain but have stressed that violence has been used, describing the attacks as "terrifying incidents" for the victims.

The investigation into the attacks is reportedly at an advanced stage, and Gardaí are now appealing for any sex worker who may have been subject to a similar attack to get in contact and report the incident to police, with assurances that "you will be treated confidentially with compassion and sensitivity".

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Likewise, any person with information regarding the "callous, targeted attacks" are urged to contact Gardaí "to assist in bringing these dangerous attackers to justice".

The statement also  included a list of support groups for anyone who may have been affected

Those wishing to report an attack or with any information can contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 any Garda station .