Sinn Féin welcome All Ireland operation against human trafficking.
Sinn Féin MLA for Newry Mickey Brady has welcomed the moves by the PSNI and An Garda Siochana in an operation targeting a human trafficking gang operating on the island of Ireland.
Speaking today Mr Brady said:
"The moves in the joint police operation against human trafficking in Ireland are to be welcomed.
"Human trafficking destroys lives and many who are trafficked here are adolescents and vulnerable adults. They are sexually exploited, remain in forced labour and prostitution, are held in debt bondage and are victims of domestic and sexual violence.
"Those who are trafficked live in constant fear, with little local knowledge, many times not having been provided with the right documentation in order to stay in the country they are brought to.
"I believe that some of the women rescued were forced into prostitution. Given what they have been through it is essential that they should be given all the care and support that we can provide in order to help them regain their lives.
"If for example they are sent back to the countries they came to they could easily be put through the same gruelling process again. They should be given refuge in order to make sure this does not happen."