Tom Brady and Shane Phelan
Irish Independent 
June 6, 2011
Children have been going missing from State care and ending up working as sex slaves in brothels for at least three years, leaked US embassy cables reveal.
Health Service Executive (HSE) officials made the shocking admission during a private briefing of diplomats from the American Embassy in Dublin.
Details of the disclosure were contained in cables obtained by the Irish Independent through the whistle-blowing organisation WikiLeaks.
Cables reveal how foreign-born children who went missing from HSE care had been ending up in the sex trade as far back as 2008.
The disclosure was made to US diplomats conducting research for an annual report on people trafficking in Ireland.
According to one cable, the HSE said some foreign children who went missing from care had been retraced to brothels, restaurants and private households where they may have been used as domestic slaves.