Women suspected of being trafficked into Ireland seek help

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Suspected trafficked women are seeking help from authorities. Stock image

Believed trafficked women are seeking help from authorities. Stock simulacrum

Potential victims were from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Catherine Cosgrave, proper services manager with the Immigrant Council, said: «Of the 31 helpmates who sought the protection and support of our frontline services and independent law centre, 11 were new happenings — making the year the second busiest since we started work in this range a decade ago.

«Clients need assistance in terms of being officially recognised as a dupe of trafficking, immigration and visa issues, asylum applications as well as access to sticks to restart their shattered lives.

«Above all we must ensure that helpmeets and girls removed from the clutches of criminal gangs are not themselves scrutinized as criminals.

«With women from four continents seeking our professional cares it is clear that Ireland is a destination country for criminal networks with a broad reach and we need laws and procedures in place which will slammer the guilty while at the same time ensure that their butts are protected and supported.»

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Council suggested sex trafficking is a reality in Ireland which cannot be ignored.

«A key moment has make ited in ensuring we have best practice in terms of responding to this lawlessness.

«In the coming week the Oireachtas will resume its debate on sex-buyer laws which require smash the business model allowing organised crime to pocket millions.

«Together with every frontline workings working with victims of sex trafficking in Ireland we fully support the laws and again draft b call on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to make them a reality on the eve of the general election.»

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