According to police, the women received for their services an advance and none of them turned for help to law enforcement officials. Many of them were recruited into the bride through the social network Facebook.

The Garda said that a large part of women being trafficked to Ireland for the conclusion of fictitious marriage unions, usually subjected to sexual violence. Of the 311 victims, which managed to find investigators, 197 women and girls were victims of sexual exploitation and then sold to brothels.