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First GRETA report on Ireland's implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Date Published: 26-09-2013

The Council of Europe’s expert body on trafficking in human beings, GRETA[1], has called on the Irish authorities to ensure that all victims of trafficking are identified as such and provided with assistance and protection. The report notes that gaps in the victim identification procedure and low conviction rates for trafficking-related offences may mean that ‘the true scale of the problem is underestimated’.

This first report on Ireland notes that several important steps to address human trafficking have been taken by Irish authorities in recent years including the adoption of anti-trafficking legislation, the adoption of a comprehensive national action plan and the creation of specialised bodies.

The need for a formalised role for NGOs and civil society members in the identification of victims is highlighted, and GRETA asks the Irish authorities to ensure that accommodation and other services available for victims are adapted to their specific needs.  Victims of human trafficking should also receive greater protection, including adequate recovery and reflection time, as well as compensation.

In addition, Irish authorities have been asked to strengthen efforts to tackle trafficking for labour exploitation, as well as improving measures related to prevention and protection of child victims.

Comments and clarifications on the report from members of the Irish Government High Level Group on Anti-Human Trafficking are also included.

For further information:

Read GRETA Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Ireland


[1] Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

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