Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ceisteanna (475)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Ceist:

475. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if any prosecutions were initiated as a result of information gathered by RTE in the course of its Prime Time programme, Profiting from Prostitution, broadcast on 7 February 2012; the offences charged; and the current status of the prosecutions. [9536/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a number of the individuals who were identified as organising prostitution by the Prime Time programme were under investigation by An Garda Síochána at the time of airing.

An Garda Síochána is currently deploying a multi-agency approach to tackle this type of criminal activity including liaising with the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Department of Social Protection. All available legislation is utilised by members of An Garda Síochána to target and dismantle groups involved in this form of criminality.

As investigations into this matter are ongoing it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage.