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Peter J. Martin
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Human Trafficking must be stamped out now

Thursday 18th October 2012

On Thursday 18th October, Anti Slavery Day, North Down ACT [Active Communities against Trafficking, a local expression of Stop the Traffik] hosted a film premiere in the Strand Cinema of ‘Taken 2’. The first movie in the series dealt with the very real issue of Human Trafficking and how many girls were trafficked for sex around the world.

On Thursday 18th October, Anti Slavery Day, North Down ACT [Active Communities against Trafficking, a local expression of Stop the Traffik] hosted a film premiere in the Strand Cinema of ‘Taken 2’. The first movie in the series dealt with the very real issue of Human Trafficking and how many girls were trafficked for sex around the world. 

Many people may not realise that there are more people trafficked per capita in Northern Ireland than in any other region in the UK1. Victims are trafficked for a variety of reasons including forced labour, sexual exploitation and organ removal, many from former Eastern European states and the Far East. It is believed that at any one time, there are 170– 180 girls available to be bought for sexual services across the province and a proportion of these girls will have been trafficked. 2 We believe that a number of these girls are in brothels in Belfast and such is the demand for prostitution that these ‘services’ could be used by men from North Down who knowingly or unknowingly are creating a demand and hence the supply of sex trafficked young girls. 

Cllr Peter Martin 

‘Human Trafficking is a heinous crime and we must do all we can to stop it – this includes bringing the perpetrators to justice and caring for those who have been trafficked. I intend to do all I can to keep this issue on the agenda of all those who have a role to play both in the catching of these criminals and the caring for the victims. Progress has been made on the issue recently in the Assembly and, with the excellent work on the ground by groups like North Down ACT, we are seeing real progress in ending 21st Century slavery’

Elizabeth McKee 

‘We believe that people should NOT be bought and sold. Since 2010, 88 victims have been rescued in NI, 70% of those were rescued from sexual exploitation. The purpose of our group is to raise awareness and educate on the signs of human trafficking in all its forms. We are determined to make North Down a place where traffickers cannot hide or transport victims. This could be happening on your doorstep – are you ok with that? Things change when people ACT. ‘ For further information you can email us on northdownact@hotmail.co.uk or follow us on twitter or facebook.

Editors Notes Photograph [L-R] Councillor Peter Martin {DUP}, Elizabeth McKee {NDACT} and Jill Robinson {NDACT}

Editors Notes Photograph [L–R] Councillor Peter Martin {DUP}, Elizabeth McKee {NDACT} and Jill Robinson {NDACT}

 

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