Friday, June 21, 2013

Human trafficking in Ireland

US state department's latest report on human trafficking (full report here;  the section having the report on Ireland here): 

Ireland is a destination, source, and transit country for women,
men, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.
Sex trafficking victims originate in Eastern Europe, African
countries including Nigeria, South America, and Asia. Adult
labor trafficking victims are reportedly from South America,
Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Forced labor victims are
found in domestic service and restaurant work. According to
local reporting, within the last several years some victims have
been subjected to domestic servitude by foreign diplomats on
assignment in Ireland. According to NGO experts, children are
subjected to prostitution in various cities in Ireland, including
Kilkenny, Cork, and Dublin.

The Government of Ireland fully complies with the minimum
standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government
took important steps to investigate and prevent domestic
servitude among employees of diplomats posted in Ireland.
During the year, the government prosecuted and convicted a
sex trafficker for the prostitution of a minor. The government,
however, has yet to fully prosecute and convict any trafficking
offenders, as defined by international standards using the
country’s 2008 anti-trafficking law.
 


The report goes on to say:

The government investigated 53 new trafficking cases in 2011, including 12 labor trafficking cases, compared with 75 cases  investigated in 2010, and it prosecuted nine suspected sex, and no labor, trafficking offences. The government continued its  investigation of an officer for trafficking-related complicity  initiated in November 2010. According to an NGO review of the National Action Plan in June 2011, the low number of  prosecutions for trafficking contributes to an underestimation  of the severity of the trafficking problem in the country. Although the government reported four trafficking convictions  in 2011, only one conviction involved a human trafficking  offense consistent with international standards. 

Probably pretty small beans, relatively speaking. But nothing to be proud of either. And remember, they think the numbers are underestimated. I think I'd agree. Which means we really have nothing to be proud of. Because trafficking is slavery and rape. And even one case is too many.

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