When you have traveled as many miles as the average taxi driver has you begin to get a 5th sense when something is not right.
Then something else happens and you are even more aware that all is not well.
She lives down beside the bridge at Blackhall Place she is from South America, Bolivia I think.
Many hundreds of people come here from S.America, most do very well but it is so hard to succeed.
It only takes you to meet one toxic person to ruin your entire life.
This young lady is being trafficked into prostitution I believe.
Little things she said! Like one minute phone calls etc.
What can you do?
A few years ago a beautiful young 18 year old Brazilian girl was going to St.Johns Rd. Sandymount, she was innocent and giddy, but as I pulled up at the house and took her bag from the boot she threw her arms around my neck and gave me a big hug.
"Thank you so much, I came here for a casting to become a model, I am so happy"
Nothing could convince her that this not how models are created, "you have to get a portfolio and an agent and even then it is not easy". I told her that I knew a photographer and gave her my number.
I heard nothing back, but I thought about her.
"What if she was your daughter John?" Said the voice in my head
So I took the morning off, I rang the Garda HQ no answer.
Then I rang Store St.Garda station and I asked was there any department which deals with vice or prostitution. I was told NO and then that the young lady in question should be deported.
There was no understanding of the situation at all, I rang 2 other Garda stations, Irishtown and Donnybrook. No luck there either.
I took a break and had a brainwave.
I rang the woman's rape crisis center, a lady there knew exactly where I was coming from.
Ring this number Its a group called Ruhama, their aim is to rescue girls from vice with no blame.
After telling my story again to her I got a big thank you.
"If only other people paid attention"She said.
Please ring this number its "Operation Quest" they are based in Store St.Garda station.
The first place I spoke to.
Two days later someone from the nerve center of this elite squad rang me up to tell me that there was no St. Johns Rd. in Sandymount.Then they rang me 2 days later on to tell me that there was no house with that number on the street.
Then I blew a fuse !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So before you blow a fuse.
Ruhama 01 8360292
Mobile 086 8553853
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