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On 1 January 2009, the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit initiated a pilot data collection strategy. The purpose of the exercise was to gain a more informed view of the nature and extent of trafficking in human beings in Ireland. Data was collected in relation to the victims being encountered by governmental and non-governmental organisations, including in relation to those not engaging with law enforcement. The strategy functions by collecting depersonalised information in a standardised format from a variety of different sources (Government and Non-Government) and then collating and analysing this data centrally in the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit. The data collection system has been closely modelled on similar systems currently being developed and piloted in other EU Member States with some minor modifications in order to ensure that the data collection model is suited to the Irish context. The Data strategy enables the State to obtain a broad picture of the situation in relation to human trafficking in Ireland.

Six summary reports of Trafficking in Human Beings in Ireland have been produced. These reports provide an overview of trafficking in human beings as it occurred in Ireland since 2009. Information is collected from a number of different sources which include the Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit of An Garda Síochána, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality and several Non-Governmental organisations such as Ruhama, Immigrant Council Ireland, Migrants Rights Centre, Stop Sex Trafficking, Cork and Doras Luimini.

The 2015 Report is due for publication shortly.



Key Findings of 2014 Report


79 human trafficking related investigations

46 suspected victims were identified.

Types of suspected exploitation
    • sexual exploitation - 32,
    • labour exploitation - 7,
    • sexual and labour - 1,
    • forced criminality - 4,
    • forced begging - 1,
    • illegal immigration - 1.

Age
    • 34 adults and 12 minors.

Gender
    • 31 female (5 minor, 26 adult) and 15 male (7 minor and 8 adult).

The Annual Reports are available here :

2009 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2012 Annual report

Annual Report 2013


2014 Annual Report


This analysis gives an overview of the number of potential and suspected victims of human trafficking recorded cross border in 2013 and 2014.



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