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 A new campaign is using the dating app Tinder to bring home the brutal reality of sex trafficking in Ireland.

Specially created profiles show women in progressively more shocking poses some with signs of physical abuse.

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By Cormac O'Keeffe
Irish Examiner Reporter

In its Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, the US department of state said 48 trafficking victims were identified in Ireland in 2012, 23 of them children, including 19 children in the “commercial sex” trade.

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Shame of Ireland's child sex industry

Saturday, 22 June 2013 03:54

Most of the kids forced into the sex trade here are Irish and not foreign, a shocking report found yesterday.

Damning research showed that of the 48 victims forced into prostitution in Ireland, 23 were children and 19 of them were born here.

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Despite denouncing organised crime and meting out punishment for so-called anti-social behaviour, dissident groups are still largely dependent on illegal rackets to fund their terrorist activities, the Organised Crime Task Force has claimed.

Over the past year they have generated significant sums of money from fuel laundering, tobacco smuggling, money laundering, burglary, insurance fraud, counterfeit currency and intimidation.

"Dissident republican groups also remain heavily involved in 'civil administration' and extortion against those they suspect of being involved in organised crime, in particular drugs supply," the OCTF annual report said.

Some loyalist paramilitaries including the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) are also still involved in organised crime.

It is unclear how much of this activity has been sanctioned by the leadership, however some members were involved in extortion, money lending, robbery, contraband, drugs, burglary, thefts from the rural community and money laundering.

The Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) is a forum which brings together government, law enforcement and a range of agencies. It was established in Northern Ireland in 2000 under the auspice of the Department of Justice and is chaired by Minister David Ford. Its annual report was launched at the Crumlin Road jail complex today.

Mr Ford said organised crime continued to present challenges.

"During 2012/13 the murder of Garda Donohoe in the Republic of Ireland in January has brought home the dangers faced by those fighting organised crime.

"It also highlights the importance of the excellent co-operation that exists between law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border. The challenges faced by tackling organised crime of course extend well beyond the island. Organised crime groups operate into Great Britain and globally. Drugs and human trafficking victims are examples of this. Cyber Crime is another and we have recently established a sub-group on that issue," he said.

The new report has also been launched alongside a video (seen above) - outlining what police see as the public's role in supporting organised crime by buying illegal items such as fake goods and laundered fuel.

Criminal assets worth about £2.1 million were recovered in Northern Ireland over the past year.

There were 4,475 drug seizures -- almost 1,000 more than the previous year -- which took substances with an estimated value of £10.2 million off the streets.

However the value of drugs seized was down on the previous year.

Cannabis was the most commonly found drug but Benzodiazepines accounted for one-in-10 seizures with 95,542 tablets recovered.

A further 11.6kg of cocaine, 1 kg of heroin and 6,000 ecstacy tablets were also removed by police during the past year.

"The emergence of new psychoactive substances has been challenging for law enforcement and also increases the risks for users who may be unaware of the true nature of the substance they are taking.

"A growing illicit market in prescription drugs is increasingly being exploited by OCGs (organised crime gangs) who are keen to make money, regardless of the potential impact on the communities in which they live. The extortion of those involved in drugs supply has also become a way for paramilitary groups to both raise money and exert control over the community," the report added.

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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter today announced the publication of the Criminal Law (human trafficking amendment) Bill 2013 which will now include forced begging.

The bill is necessary to transpose criminal law provisions of a 2011 European Union (EU) directive in full.

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The protection of victims of human trafficking in Ireland will today be addressed by the EU's Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator.
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Irish governments referred more than a quarter of the estimated 10,000 women and girls sent to Ireland's Magdalene laundries over a period of seven decades, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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Fear for prostitutes prevents buying sex

Monday, 11 February 2013 10:32
More than 25% of punters have refrained from buying sex from a prostitute because she appeared to be either trafficked, coerced, or underage, a survey by the Immigrant Council of Ireland has found.
 

By Stephen Rogers
Irish Examiner Reporter

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Human trafficking is a growing problem in Northern Ireland, according to the DUP MLA Lord Morrow.
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Justice Minister David Ford has launched a consultation on further proposals to tackle human trafficking and slavery in Northern Ireland, in light of recent Home Office proposals.

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