Written answers

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Department of An Taoiseach

Human Trafficking

Photo of Maureen O'SullivanMaureen O'Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent)
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97. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the safeguards and supports in place for persons found to be the victims of trafficking; the procedure in place for persons residing here illegally who have been tricked by people traffickers and are therefore without documentation and reluctant to make themselves known to authorities. [7740/17]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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Ireland endeavours to achieve best practice in its victim-centred approach to combating human trafficking and provides a wide range of services to victims of trafficking. These include accommodation (where necessary), medical care and planning, psychological assistance, material assistance, legal aid and advice, security advice, vocational training and education.

The Government recognises that Human Trafficking is a hidden crime, and that victims may be reluctant to make themselves known to authorities. In making determinations as to whether a person is a suspected victim of human trafficking, An Garda Síochana takes into account any information provided by NGOs. In circumstances in which persons have no legal basis to remain in the State, the Administrative Immigration Arrangements for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking provide for the granting of a 60 day recovery and reflection period. This may be followed by a 6-month renewable temporary residence permission, where the trafficked person wishes to assist An Garda Síochána or other relevant authorities in any investigation or prosecution in relation to the alleged trafficking.

Ireland's approach to the issue of Human Trafficking is further set out in the Second National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking in Ireland which was published in October 2016.


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