Human trafficking and exploitation is happening in Northern Ireland – Help stop it

Date published: 26 July 2018

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a consultation on tackling modern slavery. The Draft Northern Ireland Modern Slavery Strategy 2018-2019 seeks views and comments from individuals and organisations to help inform how the fight against modern slavery continues in Northern Ireland.

The Department recognises that it is widely accepted that there are more slaves in the world today than at any point in human history.  Sadly, some of the victims who are being abused, exploited and denied their human rights can be found in our local cities, towns and villages.

DOJ Director of Safer Communities, Anthony Harbinson, said: “We strive to have a safe community where everyone respects the law and each other.  Human trafficking and modern slavery deprives victims of their most basic human rights.

“Working together we aim to strengthen and improve the ways we pursue the criminals who are exploiting the vulnerable, also how we protect and support victims, and how we can prevent others from falling prey to the criminals who are involved in the vile crimes around modern slavery.

“Tackling modern slavery requires a whole societal response; by taking the time to engage with our public consultation everyone can play a part in tackling it. Whether through local government, as a front-line professional, as part of a faith group, as an employer or as a member of society, if you think you can help our work, we would like to hear from you.”

The draft strategy builds on previous efforts and sets out an ambitious programme of work for the future.  It has been developed through engagement with a wide range of statutory and civil society partners across Northern Ireland.

The consultation is open until 18 October 2018. 

For more information phone 02890 523108

Notes to editors: 

  1. The consultation will launch on 26 July and will run until 18 October. 
  2. All responses to the consultation will be considered by DOJ and any appropriate revisions made, and necessary approvals obtained, before the final strategy is published.
  3. It has been developed under section 12 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015.
  4. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.
  5. The consultation document, privacy notice and all related documents can be accessed here.

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