Interpol probe after 'dazed' girl discovered
on 22/10/2013 00:00:00
A source said the teen was found wandering in a dazed state on O'Connell St about 10 days ago and has still not spoken to officers.
However, she has drawn several pictures which apparently show her being raped, with one showing men around a bed handing over cash.
"We do not know who the child is because she has been unable to communicate with anybody," said a source. "We have no child fitting her description reported to us in this country so we believe she came here from another country. Her welfare is our priority at the moment."
The girl is white, aged between 14 and 16 years, is said to look eastern European and was dressed normally when found in daylight hours.
Her photograph was sent to the international police co-operation agency Interpol within days of her being found when her fingerprints did not appear on any database.
The HSE secured a temporary care order for the girl, but gardaí are considering seeking permission from the courts to release her photo in a bid to identify her. Plans are in place to move the girl from a Dublin hospital to a more secure location where she can also receive psychological care.
The HSE said it can not comment on any child in its care. "However, we can advise that the HSE and An Garda Síochána are jointly working to ensure the welfare and protection of a child found last week in Dublin City centre," it said.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland said while the circumstances of this case have yet to be established, it warned that the trafficking of children is a reality in Ireland.
Nusha Yonkova, anti-trafficking coordinator, revealed that each year, the numbers of child victims continues to increase. In 2012, some 23 of the 48 trafficking victims identified here were children and most were sexually exploited.
"The figures should alarm us all and underlines the need for urgent politicalaction both nationally and at EU level," she said.
"This week the European Parliament will hear that over 270,000 victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation in the EU each year with 'Mafia-type'criminal networks pocketing €25bn. It is estimated that up to €250m of that is from Ireland.
"Together, with the 68 Irish organisations which make up the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign, we believe the best way to end this evil 'trade' is to targetdemand, in other words the buyers of sex."