Human trafficking is a travesty that many consider a problem of the past, or at least one limited to outside the United States. Unfortunately, in today’s globalized society, the problems of human trafficking are embedded in aspects of Americans’ daily lives in ways that many may not be aware of – taking on new forms and presenting new challenges for human-rights defenders worldwide.
Sex traffickers in Ireland make €250 million every year.
A new report, published by the European Commission, shows that the buyers of sex here are mostly well educated men in relationships.
92% are over the age of 45, earning over €20,000 a year.
One in five said they had come across young girls who had been trafficked, yet there has never been a single prosecution under Ireland’s anti-human trafficking laws.
Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council, Denise Charlton, says “We find that when we look at the attitudes, that the fact that she may have been trafficked or the knowledge of human trafficking doesn’t influence patterns at all. A high percentage of buyers reported buying sex from a seller who they believe had been exploited – but then there was a notable gap between that and reporting to the authorities.”
Find more: http://www.newstalk.com/Irish-men-who-buy-sex-are-unaffected-by-knowledge-of-sex-trafficking
The European Union together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) joined forces with the government to officially launch the “Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants Program” in Vientiane Wednesday.