Attacks on sex workers
Four men have been arrested as part of investigations into attacks on sex workers.
Seven assaults have taken place nationwide on sex workers since the middle of October.
These arrests took place in West Dublin yesterday after three properties were searched as part of Operation Quest.
Four men aged between 18 and 37 years of age are currently being held for questioning in relation to robberies and assaults on sex workers.
A fifth man was arrested on foot of a bench warrant and is appearing before the Distinct Court today.
The Operation was carried out by officers from the Garda National Protective Services Bureau.
Along with units from Dublin Metropolitan South Central, Western and Northern Divisions, and Longford/Roscommon Divisions.
It comes as seven attacks have taken place nationwide on sex workers since the middle of October.
On each occasion an online appointment is made, but when the 'client' arrives the sex worker is assaulted and robbed by a number of men.
Gardaí are appealing for people with information on these targeted attacks to contact them.
In a statement, gardaí said: "An Garda Síochána is continuing to appeal to any sex worker who may have been subject to a similar attack to immediately report the incident. Anyone who comes forward will be treated confidentially with compassion and sensitivity.