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By Michael McHugh – 06 July 2012

Rong Chen, 35, conned women into coming to Northern Ireland believing they would work as child minders.

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NORTHERN Ireland’s public prosecutors must do more to bring successful prosecutions against those involved in human trafficking, it was claimed yesterday.

On Tuesday evening, more than 130 premises were raided on both sides of the border and eight people arrested in a joint PSNI/Garda operation targeting organised prostitution, criminality and money laundering.

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By Claire O’Sullivan, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Five eager young boys, many not even in their teens, are gathered around Abdul Rahman Tholeey as he shows them how to weld a section of gate.

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By Lesley-Anne McKeown – 30 May 2012

Five people were arrested as more than 170 PSNI officers raided 20-plus properties in every county of Northern Ireland.

It is thought that at least 10 brothels were discovered during the raids, known as Operation Quest, which involved the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Europol and the UK Border Agency.

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A new book recently released in Cork unearthed new data which claims there are at least six people at anytime who are being trafficked for sex in Cork City, and that there are countless others who are being trafficked in Australia for work.

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LAGAN Valley MLA Brenda Hale has welcomed the launch of the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Human Trafficking as a positive development in promoting effective action against traffickers.

The new Assembly Group is aimed at tackling the issues associated with trafficking by raising awareness, building co-operation with parliamentary counterparts throughout the UK and advocating changes in the law, policy and practice.

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By Deborah McAleese – 16 May 2012

Women trafficked from China, Africa and eastern Europe are being held captive and forced to work as prostitutes in as many as 90 brothels across Northern Ireland.

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Assembly launches human trafficking group

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:48

The group has been created to promote effective action against trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation.

Adults and children are known to be trafficked into Northern Ireland for sexual exploitation.

However, they are also brought into the region to be used in various forms of labour exploitation and for criminal activity - including illegal drug production, fraud and theft.

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A VIOLENT Romanian gang with links across Europe was trafficking prostitutes over and back to Ireland under the ruthless command of a violent pimp who spent years locked in a French prison cell.
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Over 300 victims brought here annually

Saturday, 21 May 2011 11:09

Most of them are women and girls who, like Joy, are forced into prostitution.

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