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World Day against Trafficking in Persons - 30/7/20

HumanTrafficking can happen anywhere. Just this week, Gardaí led an operation in Cork to help and protect vulnerable people suspected to be victims of human trafficking.

#EndHumanTrafficking #HumanTrafficking

Human trafficking advice

A specialised Garda Unit - the Human Trafficking Investigation and Coordination Unit – works to combat this crime.  

A wide range of partners across the public service provide care and practical support to trafficking victims including the HSE, the Legal Aid Board, the Immigration Service and Tusla. The Department of Justice and Equality also provides funding to NGOs for their work to provide support to victims of trafficking.  

A number of other key actions are also being pursued. These include the following:

Legislation is being drafted to designate the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) as Ireland’s independent National Rapporteur for Anti-Human Trafficking under article 19 of the EU Human Trafficking Directive;

The review of the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, which introduced the offences of paying for sex with a trafficked person, has commenced;

There is ongoing engagement by the Department with frontline services to identify solutions to the provision of accommodation to victims of trafficking. 

Further information is available on the website http://www.blueblindfold.gov.ie (maintained by the Department of Justice). 

If you or someone you know is being exploited, contact your local Gardaí.

Report a crime anonymously: Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers 1800 250025

Email anonymously and with strict confidentiality to blueblindfold@garda.ie