GARDAI are appealing to any sex workers in Cork who were attacked to come forward.
The call has been made by the National Protective Services Bureau, which is currently investigating seven incidents in which sex workers were attacked since the middle of October.
The reported incidents were mainly in Dublin, with some also in the west of the country.
However, Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly told The Echo that gardaí are not ruling out the possibility of similar incidents in Cork and other areas of the country, because sex workers may feel they will not be taken seriously if they report such incidents.
Stressing that sex workers would be treated seriously and with compassion, he said: “If anyone has been the subject of an attack, we would ask them to come to us. It may be a cultural thing but we want that to change – we want sex workers to be able to come forward.” He added that it is not a crime to sell sexual services and that any sex worker will be treated with sensitivity.
According to gardaí, the reported attacks appear to be motivated by monetary gain, with the use of violence.
Male and female workers have been targeted in the incidents.
On each occasion an online appointment is made, but when the ‘client’ arrives the sex worker is attacked and robbed by a number of males. An Garda Síochána is working closely with all the injured parties involved in these incidents. We are treating these victims with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.”
An Garda Síochána can be contacted via the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.