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Human Trafficking highlighted at Council

Friday 18th January 2013

Many people may not realise that are more people trafficked per capita in Northern Ireland than in any other region in the UK. It is believed that at any one time, there are 170–180 victims of sex trafficking available to be bought for sexual services across Northern Ireland, some possibly in North Down.

Many people may not realise that are more people trafficked per capita in Northern Ireland than in any other region in the UK. It is believed that at any one time, there are 170–180 victims of sex trafficking available to be bought for sexual services across Northern Ireland, some possibly in North Down. We certainly believe that there are a number of these are in brothels in Belfast and such is the demand for prostitution that these ‘services’ are used by men from North Down who knowingly or unknowingly are creating a demand and hence a supply of sex trafficked young girls. This evening ND ACT and Bangor Soroptimists presented a chilling account of the use of sex trafficked young women and girls throughout Northern Ireland. Human Trafficking is a heinous crime and we must do all we can to stop it.

Cllr Peter Martin 

‘Both organisations challenged us to do our part in North Down Borough Council to stamp out this appalling sexual slavery by both highlighting the signs of human trafficking and raising awareness that it is indeed happening on our very doorsteps – you can be assured we intend to do this’ 

Cllr Adam Harbinson 

‘It is a staggering fact that there are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world in 2013 – more than there were 200 years ago’ 

Elizabeth McKee [ND ACT] 

‘Our primary aim is to ensure that North Down remains a safe place where traffickers find it hard to operate. We believe the best way to fight Human Trafficking is through community awareness on the signs to look out for’ 

Cllr Alan Leslie 

‘I would like to see full support at the Assembly for Lord Morrows Bill which will make it easier to prosecute those responsible for this crime and give increased support to the victims’ Alderman Gordon Dunne MLA ‘ We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend this is not happening – it is and it is us to us to do something about this dreadful practice – we fully intend to’

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