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Five people are up in court in Meath today in a suspected case of slavery

The extensive operation was launched after gardaí received reports of people being falsely imprisoned at a house in Navan.

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FIVE PEOPLE ARE up in court this afternoon on suspicion of human trafficking after 23 migrants were found at a house in Meath.

The extensive operation was launched after gardaí received reports of people being falsely imprisoned at a house in Navan.

Three men and two women, aged in their 40s and 60s, and a teenage girl were arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment during the planned search of a house at Castletown, Kilpatrick.

The operation was launched after local Gardai raised concerns for the wellbeing of a middle-aged Romanian man they met during their patrol.

Inside the house, Gardai discovered 14 people whom they suspect were unwilling migrants. Eight more people returned to the house during the garda operation.

Including the middle-aged man, 23 people were found at the house all told, before being cared for at Navan Garda Station where they received assistance.

In a statement, the Garda press office said: “Five people are due to appear at a special sitting of Trim District Court at 4.30pm this afternoon 20th August 2016.”

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