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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# modern slavery

Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Migrant fishers who left vessels due to exploitative treatment ‘ignored’ in recent cross-departmental review.
Inspection reports reveal potential trafficking and deficiencies relating to hours of work and rest
Researcher: "The problems in Ireland can be traced to very specific policies and laws here"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are migrant fishers exploited in Ireland?
Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
THE MORNING LEAD
Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Our investigation finds 35 referrals of human trafficking in sector – but no prosecutions.
US report states Ireland has systemic deficiencies in victim identification, referral and assistance
Alleged trafficking victim: "It hurt. I felt the punch land. I told him if he did that again I’d report him."
# modern slavery
UN warns 50 million people are stuck in 'modern slavery'
The UN set a goal to eradicate all forms of modern slavery by 2030, but instead the number ballooned by 10 million between 2016 and 2021.
All time
# modern slavery
Man arrested in Belfast under suspicion of human trafficking for purposes of domestic servitude
A 25-year-old woman was also arrested today in Scotland as part of the operation.
# modern slavery
UK family enslaved addicts and people with disabilities 'to fund lavish lifestyle'
At least 18 victims had been working for the family for up to 26 years for little or no pay.
# Ealing
Well-to-do London couple abducted boy from Nigeria and made him their slave for 24 years
Dr Emmanuel Edet engaged in charity work for children in the developing world, while keeping a Nigerian “house boy” trapped in his home.
# Philadelphia
Life sentence for woman who kept disabled people in a 'dungeon' and collected their welfare
“There is no penalty that is too harsh for the people that did this. The word horrific is not sufficient.”
# low rank
There are 300 slaves in Ireland (and the Government's response is ranked pretty well)
We rank second last on a global index of the prevalence of modern slavery.
# domestic slavery
Met Police: Slavery suspects originally from India and Tanzania
Police say the suspects and victims had lived together “in a collective”.
# Trafficking
Up to 27 million people are living in slavery, says US report
US State Dept’s annual report on human trafficking shows progress being made in Burma, while Syria fell in the rankings.
Voices
Column: Why isn't modern day slavery criminalised in Ireland?
There have been 169 cases of forced labour in Ireland in recent years – and this is only the tip of the iceberg, writes Gráinne O’Toole.