Gardaí raid two Cork properties in crackdown on child trafficking and child porn

Gardaí raid two Cork properties in crackdown on child trafficking and child porn

GARDAÍ have raided two Cork properties as part of a nationwide crackdown on child trafficking and child pornography.

The searches were carried out as part of Operation Ketch, a nationwide investigation into child pornography and trafficking.

A childlike sex doll was seized as part of the searches and, at each location, Gardaí seized digital material for forensic examination.

Warrants were obtained from District Courts in relation to Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998, and searches were conducted at 14 addresses across the country over the last three days.

The searches were carried out by Divisional Protective Service Units and Detective Units.

There were seven searches in the capital, two in Cork and Waterford while one search was carried out in Meath, Monaghan and Galway.

A Garda spokesperson said there were no arrests during this phase of the investigation, but that arrests were expected as individual investigations progress.

Follow up searches will be carried out in the coming days. 

Gardaí also issued an appeal to the general public for information and urge people to come forward and contact their local Garda station or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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