Sligo based criminal gangs are being investigated for trafficking young African women into the country to be exploited as prostitutes.
According to reports in the Irish Independent recently, the gangs are being targeted under Operation Mast, which is led by the human-trafficking investigation and co-ordination unit within the Garda National Immigration Bureau and has been under way for the past three-and-a-half years.
The women are targeted and hired by gangs to act as recruitment agents; they are then forced into prostitution and put to work in brothels, earning huge profits for the gang controlling the racket.
Operation Mast has concentrated, in particular, on the gang's activities in counties Sligo, Longford, Monaghan and Limerick.
Speaking to Ocean Fm news, Geraldine Rowley from Ruhama says victims are not just located in the main urban areas.