[Stop-traffic] News/REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: TRAFFICKING IN PROSTITUTES.

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: TRAFFICKING IN PROSTITUTES.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 09:47:53 EDT


07Jul00 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: TRAFFICKING IN PROSTITUTES.
Sir, - The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr John
O'Donoghue TD, has asked me to refer to the article entitled "Women sold
into sexual slavery here" (The Irish Times, July 4th) and to calls made for
legislation to criminalise those who traffic in persons for the purpose of
their sexual exploitation.
The Minister has taken a number of legislative measures to protect persons,
particularly vulnerable persons, from all forms of sexual abuse and sexual
exploitation. First, the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998
contains a number of measures for the protection of children against sexual
exploitation, the most important being the creation of an office of
trafficking in persons under 17 years into, through or out of Ireland for
the purposes of sexual exploitation. This offence is punishable by up to
life imprisonment. Further strong measures are included in the illegal
immigrants (Trafficking) Bill, 1999 (the subject of an Article 26 reference
to the Supreme Court in relation to some of the non-trafficking provisions
of the Bill. This Bill creates an offence of trafficking in illegal
immigrants and provides that any such offences will be punishable by up to
10 years' imprisonment.
While the offence of trafficking in illegal immigrants could include cases
of trafficking in such persons for their sexual exploitation, nevertheless,
the Minister also intends to bring forward legislative proposals, as soon
as possible, which will create a new offence of trafficking in adults
specifically for the purpose of their sexual exploitation. In addition to
the measures outlined, it is important that your readers will be aware that
Ireland fully participates in the work of the Europol Police Office in the
Hague, the primary role of which is to facilitate the exchange of
information and intelligence between police forces in the European Union.
Europol's mandate includes crimes involving illegal immigration networks
and trafficking in human beings. Ireland, along with other EU Member
States, has Garda liaison officers posted to Europol. In addition to
Europol, Garda liaison officers are based in the Hague and Madrid and
additional liaison officers will be placed in London and Paris. - Yours,
etc., Alan Mulligan, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, St
Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
IRISH TIMES 07/07/2000 P15
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