Human trafficking is the transporting of people for exploitation. Victims are trafficked into various types of work, including farm work, domestic work and forced prostitution. They are subjected to sexual abuse and other forms of violence.
Trafficking also involves the use of fear, force, deception, threats or abduction. In the case of children, no violence, deception or threat needs to be involved. Simply transporting them into exploitative conditions constitutes trafficking.
Information on signs of human trafficking, which can help you identify victims, is available at blueblindfold.gov.ie. This is the national anti-human-trafficking website and it provides information on victim supports.
Human trafficking offences
The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 and the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013 make it an offence to traffic in adults or children for the purpose of their sexual or labour exploitation, forced criminality, forced begging or the removal of their organs. It is also an offence to sell or purchase (or offer to sell or purchase) any person for any purpose. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 criminalises the purchase of sexual services and the soliciting or purchasing of sex from a trafficked person.
Blue Blindfold awareness campaign
The Blue Blindfold campaign encourages people to be aware of human trafficking. You are asked to look around and be aware of situations which may indicate a trafficking crime. You can report any suspicions to the Garda Síochána.
Reporting suspicions of trafficking
You can report suspicions of human trafficking confidentially by calling Freephone 1800 250 025 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe that you, or someone you know, may be a victim of human trafficking there are a number of victim support organisations that can help.