By Stephen Rogers
There were 57 alleged victims of human trafficking — including 13 children — reported to gardaí in 2011.Of those, 37 were victims of sexual exploitation, 13 of labour exploitation, two were victims of both labour and sexual exploitation and five were victims of “uncategorised exploitation”.
Well-hidden but happening "right under our noses", human trafficking in Northern Ireland is quietly on the rise, according to police.
The seedy underground world of lucrative exploitation, terror and fear is cloaked in secrecy.
BBC News Online's Emily Thomas explores the invisible crime that is said to be happening all over Northern Ireland.
A vulnerable young woman has revealed how she was exploited by a ruthless slave trade in Ireland for three years.
Cindy – not her real name – has spoken out about her ordeal in the hope it will be invaluable in the fight against vile trafficking and forced labour.
Zsolt stands in front of St Stephen's basilica in Budapest's city centre every night from 8pm until the early hours. His job is to direct passing tourists towards a nearby "gentleman's club".
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked for advice from the Attorney General and the Minister for Health on a proposal to criminalise the purchase of sexual services.
Mr Shatter is seeking his colleagues’ opinions on a report by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, which recommends that the prostitution laws be changed so as to make it a summary offence to buy sexual services.
Since April 17 children that were brought into the country have been identified as potential victims of sexual or labour exploitation.
Department of Justice figures showed that 14 adults were also trafficked.
This compares to just two children in the previous financial year, they were rescued along with 14 adults.