The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., today launched a one day film festival to coincide with EU Anti-Trafficking Day. The film festival sees the screening of two films - 'GHOSTS' to highlight issues associated with labour exploitation and 'TRAFFICKED' to raise awareness of the trafficking of women and girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

The film festival is aimed at educating all those who attend including a number of transition year students and third level students about what is human trafficking, the indicators of trafficking and the action to be taken where there is a suspicion of human trafficking.

Speaking at today's launch, Minister Ahern said:

"This initiative is important in terms of conveying the message through film of what human trafficking is and brings home how people fall prey to this insidious crime. The Government is determined to stamp out this type of crime. There are up-to-date criminal offences in the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act, 2008 for trafficking persons for labour, sexual exploitation or removal of organs with maximum penalties of up to life imprisonment which can be imposed on conviction".


18 October 2010

Note for Editors

The film festival on human trafficking is being run in Ireland to coincide with EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October, 2010. Two films will be screened at the event. Each film will be preceded by a music video entitled 'My Dangerous Loverboy' (with an Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) certification of 12A) directed by Virginia Health and backed by the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC). The music video addresses the issue of sexual exploitation of young girls and is targeted at late teenagers and young adults.

The afternoon film on labour exploitation is 'Ghosts' (with an IFCO certification of 15A) directed by Nick Broomfield. It deals with 23 Chinese people drowned in Morecombe Bay picking cockles. The main target audience for this film is Secondary School students from Transition Year upwards. The evening film exploring the underground sex trafficking industry in Ireland is 'Trafficked' (with an IFCO certification of 18) directed by Ciaran O'Connor.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues comprising experts in the field. The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Department of Justice and Law Reform, non-Governmental Organisations and International Organisations will have information stands at the event.

Key measures being taken by the Government to tackle human trafficking include:

Arrangements for protection of victims

Ireland has now ratified both the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The former came into effect for Ireland on 17 July, 2010 and the latter was lodged on 13 July, 2010 and will take effect on 1 November, 2010.