- Plan contains 65 actions to combat the crime of trafficking
- Commitment to comprehensive review of victim identification process
- Public awareness-raising and professional training key to more detection
The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Frances Fitzgerald TD, this morning launched Ireland’s Second National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking. The plan contains 65 actions designed to crackdown on individuals and gangs involved in the crime, to support victims, to raise public-awareness, and to enhance training for those likely to encounter victims.
Speaking at the Department of Justice and Equality, the Tánaiste said:
This Plan builds on the framework set up under the first National Action Plan in 2008 to respond to an increasingly organised and sophisticated international crime. Human trafficking is estimated, by international bodies, third only to trafficking of arms and drugs in terms of profitability for international crime gangs. Between January 1 2009 and December 31 2015, a total of 417 victims of human trafficking were reported to or detected by An Garda Síochána. Many of these victims are referred directly by NGOs, and are immediately provided with a range of services designed to meet their needs. Both NGOs and the range of State service providers were consulted widely on the new plan.
The Tánaiste added:
The Tánaiste concluded by emphasised the hidden nature of the crime and the need for vigilance in order to increase detection:
Notes for Editors
1. The goals of the Second National Action Plan can be summarised as the following:
- Prevent trafficking in human beings
- Identify, assist and protect and support victims of trafficking in human beings
- Ensure an effective criminal justice response
- Ensure that Ireland’s response to human trafficking complies with the requirements of a human rights based approach and is gender sensitive.
- Ensure effective co-ordination and co-operation between key actors, both nationally and internationally
- Increase the level of knowledge of emerging trends in the trafficking of human beings
- Continue to ensure an effective response to child trafficking.
2. Copies of the Executive Summary and the full 2nd National Action Plan are available here.