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23 children sold for sex and labour in Ireland last year

Out of the 48 victims identified during 2012, 23 were children and 19 were being abused in the ‘commercial sex’ trade.

Image: Abused child via Shutterstock

CHILDREN ARE BEING abused and used in the Irish sex trade with 23 children identified as trafficked victims in Ireland last year.

The ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report by the US State Department identified Ireland as at the centre of a sex-trafficking web which reaches across three continents and trafficks men, women and children for abuse.

Out of the 48 victims identified during 2012, 23 were children and 19 were being abused in the ‘commercial sex’ trade.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has warned that now the grim reality of sex-trafficking is confirmed to be going on around us, our politicians need to do more to stop it.

“Once again the US State Department has confirmed that Ireland remains a ‘destination, source and transit country for women, men and children subjected to sex-trafficking and forced labour’,” said Denise Charlton of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said:

The Immigrant Council of Ireland believes the government must also improve on identifying victims; give better access to justice for victims and to establishment a national database to improve information flow between the government and frontline agencies.

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