Gardai uncover nationwide vice ring after series of raids

Gardai uncover nationwide vice ring after series of raids

GARDAÍ have uncovered a sex-for-sale operation that spans the country after a series of raids in Co. Kildare.

The raids, carried out under Operation Quest, targeted a property where a man almost lost his hand in a sword attack last December.

Officers also uncovered an apartment in Newbridge being used to operate the vice business, where they found dozens of mobile phones linked to the trade. An Asian woman was arrested by officers, according to sources.

Even after the raid, several of the phones continued to ring, with randy punters looking to set up encounters at brothels around Ireland.

The woman was later released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Punters who phoned numbers advertised online were directed to addresses where prostitutes were hired for sex.

Incredibly, the Sunday World can reveal that the vice operation was back up and running just days after the Garda raids.

One the operation’s prostitutes based in Newbridge, who was offering 30-minute romps for €60, described herself as “an intelligent, charming high class escort who is skilled in the art of slow sensual seduction”.

A property raided in Newbridge by the latest Garda move previously hit the headlines when a man almost had his hand cut off by sword-wielding pimps at the seedy back street vice den.

The Romanian national suffered the shocking injury as tried to deflect a blow aimed at his head. It is believed the suspects behind the attack belonged to a rival vice operation and broke into the flat to get at their target.

Gardaí who called to scene found the injured man wandering on the street clutching his hand, which was described as “hanging off”.

The officers saved the man’s life by applying first aid before he underwent emergency surgery.

A woman, who had been in the property at the time of the attack, left the country shortly afterwards, according to sources.

The latest raid and the December attack show how foreign gangs operate Ireland’s multi-million vice trade, which is booming again as the economy recovers.