Gardai say a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecution in relation to a Romanian man who was recently released without charge following an alleged case of human trafficking.
The man aged in his 40s was arrested by gardaí in Letterkenny and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Letterkenny Garda Station as part of an investigation into trafficking in the northeast.
Gardaí searched a number of locations in Letterkenny area on 29 September 2015, following a previous operation on 30 August during which five men were safely removed from a business premises on Pearse Road in the town. Reports claim the men were paid just €5 per day for their labour.
A sixth man was located elsewhere in Letterkenny on the same date during the operation. All six, who range in age from 21 to 45 years, were relocated to safe and secure accommodation.
The investigation was led by gardaí at Letterkenny and assisted by the Garda Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit, Romanian authorities, the Department of Justice and other Government agencies.
It also coincided with the recent launch by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan of the Protective Services Bureau, which is aimed at putting a stronger focus on investigating sexual crime, human trafficking and child abuse.