Letterkenny Town Council has pledged its support to a campaign that aims to highlight that women and girls are being trafficked and exploited in towns across Ireland for prostitution.
The motion was the last ever in the history of the town council and was proposed on Monday evening by Mayor Cllr Paschal Blake.
He said the request came to the council from the “Mens Development Network” and 28 local authorities have already passed this motion as part of the “Turn off the Red Light” campaign.
His motion asked “this council recognise that the trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in Letterkenny, county and throughout the country as a direct result of prostitution.”
Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh said it “wasn’t the happiest” motion to end on but it was a highly important one.
Cllr Gerry McMonagle said people should not “turn a blind eye” as it is even happening in Letterkenny and he urged people to cooperate with the gardaí if the had any information.
Cllr Dessie Larkin said the motion was “very apt” in a week with news from Nigeria that over 200 school girls had been abducted in act that”sickens you to the core”. He added: “We shouldn’t stand back and allow this in our own county.”
Society has a duty to protect the vulnerable and local people “must be vigilant” on the issue, urged Cllr Lisa Culbert. Cllr Jim Lynch said it was an “alarming thought of trafficking and exploitation in our own community”.