Human trafficking monitors want the Irish authorities to offer more help to victims, improve the criminal conviction rate and target child and labour slavery.
The recommendations are published today in a new report from the Council of Europe’s expert body on trafficking in human beings, GRETA.
In its first report on Ireland, GRETA underlines the progress made over recent years – including the adoption of anti-trafficking legislation, a comprehensive action plan and the creation of specialised bodies.
But the report underlines the need to “further involve NGOs and other parts of civil society in drawing up and implementing anti-trafficking policy, including by giving them a formal role in identifying victims.
“The Irish authorities should also strengthen efforts to tackle trafficking for labour exploitation, as well as improving prevention and protection measures concerning children.”
The report stresses that gaps in the procedure for identifying victims, together with a low conviction rate for trafficking-related offences, may mean that the true scale of human trafficking in Ireland is underestimated.
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