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Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Amendment Bill 2013 passed in the Oireachtas

Date Published: 05-07-2013

Legislation criminalising forced labour has been passed in the Dáil and it will transfer the EU directive on human trafficking into Irish Law.
The new legislation will criminalises human trafficking for the purposes of forced begging and criminal activity, two forms of exploitation not covered by the existing legislation (The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) 2008).
The 2013 Bill will adopt the definition of ‘forced labour’ from the International Labour Organisation Convention No. 29 of 1930 on Forced or Compulsory Labour. It will also provide more child-friendly provisions for child witnesses and children giving evidence by increasing the age threshold to 18 years old for out-of court video recording. 

Legislation criminalising forced labour has been passed in the houses of the Oireachtas and it will transfer the EU directive on human trafficking into Irish Law.

The new legislation will criminalise human trafficking for the purposes of forced begging and criminal activity, two forms of exploitation not covered by the existing legislation (The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) 2008).

The 2013 Bill will adopt the definition of ‘forced labour’ from the International Labour Organisation Convention No. 29 of 1930 on Forced or Compulsory Labour. It will also provide more child-friendly provisions for child witnesses and children giving evidence by increasing the age threshold to 18 years for out-of court video recording. 

For more information: 

See Department of Justice and Equality Press Release

View summary legislation or download Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Amendment Bill 2013

Read Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA

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