Donegal premises targeted in cross-border organised prostitution raids

Eight people have been arrested following a major operation by Gardai and Police in Northern Ireland, investigating cross border organised prostitution.

Over 200 members of the Gardaí were involved in "Operation Quest" which took place in various locations, north and south of the border including Donegal.

A number of premises in Letterkenny were targeted as part of the operation.

Operation Quest is the biggest crackdown on prostitution ever seen in Ireland - and Gardai say its focus is on those behind prostitution, brothels and human trafficking - rather than the women themselves.

It began at dawn yesterday and lasted until midnight - Gardai and the PSNI raided around 120 premises north and south of the border - resulting in the arrest of 8 people.

A large amount of documentation, cash, mobile phones and computers was also seized.

Three suspected victims of human trafficking were also rescued - and have been taken to a secure location.

Three of those arrested are being held by Gardai - and five have been detained in the north.