Chief Superintendent Declan Daly
An Garda Síochána issued an alert to sex workers after they announced they were investigating seven attacks on sex workers since mid-October.
They also appealed for any sex workers who have been attacked to come forward without fear.
The Irish Times reported:
Investigators are working closely with the injured parties involved and treating the victims with “the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality”.
Detectives attached to Operation Quest – which focuses on securing convictions against individuals involved in organising prostitution – at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau are liaising with local units.
They have issued an appeal to others who may have been subject to a similar attack to immediately report the incident.
Further to this..
Chief Superintendent Declan Daly spoke to Bryan Dobson on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
Bryan Dobson: “So to be absolutely clear here. A sex worker, who is assaulted, comes forward to the gardaí and speaks to you will not face prosecution? That simply doesn’t arise?”
Declan Daly: “Absolutely. That’s not even a consideration. The consideration is the welfare and the harm and the danger that they’re in at the moment.”
Dobson: “Do you have advice for sex workers, given that your suspicion presumably is that these attacks are ongoing and are organised and systematic.”
Daly: “Yeah I think they need to be very vigilant at the moment. Particularly when, if they’re taking online clients because that’s the medium through which these attacks are starting. So I think they need to be very vigilant in relation to that and obviously if they are concerned about a client, well obviously they just vacate the appointment or cancel the appointment.”
Dobson: “And are there precautions they can take?”
Daly: “Well, it’s very difficult because I suppose the nature of the work is that, is difficult, is that it’s people that they don’t know and I suppose, I mean they can simply, at the moment, and we’re working very diligently and quickly to resolve this issue.
“So they could, if they were of a mind to, forgo online appointments and maybe deal with people whom they know from previous encounters.”
Dobson: “Clearly, they’re very vulnerable, they’re very isolated and very exposed to this kind of attack.”
Daly: “Yeah, correct. I mean working in the prostitution industry are a lot of vulnerable people. There’s a high element of exploitation in that industry so we’re very concerned for the safety and welfare of these people.”
Listen back to Morning Ireland item in full here
Previously: Mass Surveillance On Sex Workers?