11 arrested after gardai bust huge paedophile ring
Sheetal Sukhija - Wednesday 7th March, 2018
Six women and five men are being questioned by the gardai
Those arrested were members of an extended family
They are being interrogated about activities of the paedophile ring operated in Munster
DUBLIN, Ireland - In what is being dubbed the “worst paedophile ring in the State,” gardai said that they had managed to identify 14 victims suspected of being abused by a ring being operated from Munster.
According to officials, 11 people were arrested during the bust - including six women and five men and that all the members belonged to an extended family.
Gardai said that all those arrested are being interrogated by investigators about the activities of the paedophile ring.
According to sources, the paedophile ring is suspected of letting strangers rape and sexually abuse the children in exchange for cash.
Further, officials said in a statement that the suspects range in age from their 20s to their 70s and are all Irish nationals.
The victims meanwhile include both male and female and range in age from toddlers to children aged 12.
The ring was busted as part of a major Garda operation that spanned three counties and involved local officers and detectives from a unit specializing in tackling child abuse and domestic crime.
According to a report in Independent.ie, a senior gardai officials confirmed that the raids and arrests were the culmination of an investigation that had been underway since early last year.
Officials further described the details that emerged about the sex abuse and exploitation of the young victims as "horrific.”
According to investigators, the abusers appeared to have been operating as part of an organized sex ring and were known to each other.
The raids were carried out in Limerick, Cork and Tipperary and concluded on Monday.
Following the operation, officials contacted child care services and care agencies.
Those arrested are being held at the Garda stations in Limerick, Cork and Clare under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
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