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Ireland has been  criticised  for ‘major failings’ in its treatment of human trafficking victims. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A dedicated accommodation centre for victims of trafficking is expected to open this autumn, more than a year after the establishment of a specialised(...)

The report highlighted the case of a teenager who was coerced into prostitution by her mother and marketed on an “escort” website to appear like a child. File photograph: Getty Images

A teenager, coerced into prostitution by her mother and marketed on an “escort” website to appear like a child, is among the cases highlighted in a la(...)

Padraig O’Morain: Forced sex-trafficking is an evil trade

Compare and contrast. Within a fairly short drive of wherever you live you could probably find a woman to have sex with for money. She could be a woma(...)

‘As the lockdown has lifted, we have seen an increase in the numbers of women advertised online once again and an increase in sex buyers contacting them.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The sale of sex has increased as coronavirus restrictions have lifted and legislation criminalising the purchase of sex must be enforced more effectiv(...)

‘That part of my life, I block it out.’ (Picture posed by model.) Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Laura* arrived in Ireland in 2010. Today, she still struggles to talk about the years before she came and those that came afterwards when she was left(...)

The annual Trafficking in Persons Report, published today by the US Department of State, placed Ireland on its ‘tier two watch list’. File photograph: iStock

Ireland has been criticised for “major failings” in its treatment of human trafficking victims after the State was downgraded in a major annual US gov(...)

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa with Minister of State for Justice David Stanton. Ms Mbugua is critical of Direct Provision. File photograph: Tom Honan

In May, Akidwa, the national network of migrant women, submitted a report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality warning that women(...)

Naas District Court heard there were no clients present at the time of the Garda raid and no significant money was found at the scene. Photograph: Alan Betson

The jailing of two sex workers in Kildare last week for keeping or being in charge of a brothel proves that Irish laws around prostitution are “not fi(...)

‘We have been informing women on the streets that they are no longer criminalised and this has been very positive’

Globalisation and changes in migration patterns have resulted in a “highly organised, transnational” sex trade thriving across Ireland, according to R(...)

Detectives stopped and spoke to 36 individuals, all men that they suspected of having paid for sex, as part of Operation Quest. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Garda, under pressure to show it is enforcing a controversial 2017 law targeting the sex trade, questioned 36 people over the weekend for allegedl(...)

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