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Human Trafficking Needs Tackled On All Ireland Basis

7 February, 2012 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said that the issue of human trafficking needs to be addressed as more and more vulnerable people are finding themselves caught in what can only be described as modern day slavery.

Ms Ruane stated:

“Every day now we hear of more cases where vulnerable people are being abused and forced into lifestyles in order to finance criminal enterprises.

“Last week we heard about young males being forced to work in terrible conditions and we hear day and daily about young women forced into prostitution against their will.

“While I recognise the work that the PSNI and especially some of the women support groups have been involved in, it is important that more is done to highlight this abhorrent crime. 

“We also have examples of people being forced into domestic servitude, local enterprises or transported onward to other jurisdictions for similar purposes. 

“It is also important that we operate on an all Ireland basis to the prevention and detection of crime and the promotion of public safety is the right agenda for the Executive to be on.  One immediate action that could be taken immediately is the creation of an all Ireland sex offenders register.”

 “Sinn Féin has tabled a motion in the Assembly to highlight this vile trade in order to maintain a focus on bringing it to an end.”

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