Investigation into Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation In CorkGardaí in Cork County detained three males in their 30s and 40s under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 for organized crime-related offenses. This morning’s operations included searches at five locations in Co. Cork and two in Co. Roscommon, leading to the seizure of evidential items. Over 100 Gardaí participated, led by detectives from the Divisional Protective Service Unit, Cork County.

The investigation, supported by specialists from various national units including the Human Trafficking Investigation & Coordination Unit and the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau, targets an Organized Crime Group with Eastern European connections allegedly involved in human trafficking for labor exploitation in Ireland. International support from Europol enhances the investigation.

An Garda Síochána urges victims of human trafficking or labor exploitation to report to local stations or call the Garda Confidential Phone Number. Victims may not always report themselves, emphasizing the importance of community awareness and assistance. An Garda Síochána withholds further comments on the ongoing operation. Background information highlights sectors where labor exploitation commonly occurs, underscoring the need for vigilance and support

People who have been trafficked for the purpose of labour exploitation are typically (but not exclusively) made to work in sectors such as: agriculture, construction, entertainment, service industry, manufacturing and domestic servitude as well as begging.

They may be forced into labour exploitation directly by the OCG, but are more likely to be made available for work by 3rd party employers who often may not be aware of the activities of the OCG and believe that the labour may be legitimately sourced.

Further details on Human Trafficking and Labour exploitation can be found on the Garda website:

Human Trafficking Investigation – Garda