A 37-year-old woman has appeared in court in Dublin charged with trafficking two women into Ireland and prostitution offences.

The woman was one of two people arrested in west Dublin yesterday as part of a two-day Europe-wide investigation into people trafficking.

The investigation focussed on West African traffickers and gardaí have identified two such criminal gangs operating here with links to organised crime groups across Europe.

A second woman who was also arrested has been released without charge and a file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions

Seven potential victims from Nigeria have been identified in Ireland during this investigation and gardaí, in conjunction with other police forces, are seeking to trace another 31 victims.

The Europe-wide investigation is focussed on the trafficking of teenage girls and women from Nigeria into Europe for sexual exploitation.