Ireland a target for human traffickers

IRELAND is an easy target for people traffickers as it fails to comply with the minimum standards for eliminating the crime, an international report has claimed.

As the Government’s anti-trafficking legislation comes into effect today, the US Government’s global assessment of the problem shows Ireland’s efforts are no longer considered sufficient.

In 2006, the US State Department’s trafficking in persons (TIP) report named Ireland in the first tier of countries for its efforts in fighting the illegal transportation of vulnerable people.

However, in its 2008 report, Ireland falls into the second tier.

The TIP report claimed women from Eastern Europe, Nigeria and other parts of Africa, South America and Asia have been trafficked into Ireland for forced prostitution. People have also been trafficked for forced labour.

The US State Department says Ireland does not fully comply with the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking.

It says Ireland’s prosecution efforts were hampered by a lack of comprehensive legislation during the rating period and claims that was why there were no prosecutions for the offence in 2007.

The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008, which comes into force today, creates separate offences including, trafficking in children for the purpose of their labour or sexual exploitation or the removal of their organs and trafficking in adults for their sexual or labour exploitation or the removal of their organs.

Ruhama, which works with women in prostitution, welcomed the portrayal of Ireland’s efforts in combating human trafficking in the TIP Report as well as the US Government’s call for Ireland to fully comply with minimum standards by enacting comprehensive anti trafficking legislation.


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