Government action on human trafficking demanded

A LOCAL TD recently sought assistance from Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern, in dealing with a human trafficking case in North Dublin.
Dublin North East Tommy Broughan (Lab) told Northside People the case involved a woman trafficked into domestic labour for seven days a week.
“The work was commencing at 6.30am for six of those days until 11pm at night for e120 per week,” said Deputy Broughan who was shocked by the case presented to him.
Disturbing new figures have revealed that 97 per cent of the 1,000 women involved in indoor prostitution in Ireland at any given time are migrants.
Deputy Broughan said that even one woman trafficked for sexual exploitation into this country was one case too many.
He has called for immediate action following the publication of the Immigrant Council of Ireland 2009 report that highlighted the problem.
“Ireland is not immune from this racketeering in human beings,” Deputy Broughan stated.
“Those trafficked are mainly young vulnerable women fleeing poverty in their own countries of origin or deceived into seeking a better life on the false undertakings of the criminal networks involved in trafficking.
“We know that sex trafficking, which involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to transport an unwilling victim into sexual exploitation is a lucrative racket dominated by international crime networks.”
Denise Charlton, chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), believes the most effective way to combat sex trafficking, and to end the exploitation of migrant women is for Ireland to adopt legislation similar to Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
The ICI welcomed a Fine Gael motion in the Dail last week urging members to take stock of the reality of this crime in Ireland where a minimum of 102 women and girls have been clearly identified in a recent report as sex trafficked in 2007 and 2008.
Eleven of those trafficked were children when they arrived in Ireland and none knew they were destined for the Irish sex trade.
“According to Fine Gael, the Government needs to respond to this crime by treating those who experience it as victims and not as illegal immigrants,” Ms Charlton said.
“A strong recommendation has been proposed to end the policy of placing victims of human trafficking in asylum centres and introduce safe accommodation, support and protection services.
“The ICI has been lobbying for protection for victims of trafficking as this legislation has been debated through the house and would echo this recommendation.”
Ms Charlton added that the ICI was encouraged by the introduction of this motion and hopes that these issues will now be addressed.


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