Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the rescue of potential victims of human trafficking in Armagh.
Speaking after 20 people were rescued during a number of operations, the Newry and Armagh MP said;
"The extent to which this vile trade has become a major problem across the western world is hard to imagine and Ireland has not escaped its impact.
"Every year people are being brought illegally into Ireland in order to maximise the profits of unscrupulous gangs.
"Most of the people trafficked are forced to work for little or no money while others are exploited in the sex industry.
"It is important that the issue of human trafficking is addressed and in order to do so we need more co-operation between the police services, immigration services, Departments of Health and the Departments of Justice across Europe.
"There needs to be a co-ordinated approach across the island to successfully halt this form of human slavery.
"Policing plays a key role in resolving the problem and there should be a harsher approach against those who not only exploit unfortunate people for financial gain but also those who use people for sexual gratification."