22 March 2012
Trafficking in Northern Ireland – Killing demand and changing perception
Like the same-sex marriage debate the issue of human trafficking is extremely topical and highly emotive. However the anti-trafficking movement is one of a shrinking number of causes that finds an open-armed welcome in every corner of the house, one that unites rather than divides public opinion, a rare thing - especially in
Human trafficking is a dangerous organised crime. There are more slaves in the world now than when slavery was abolished - an estimated 27million people. Each case represents an abuse of an image bearer of God. There is no pan
While it is absolutely crucial to rescue victims and target traffickers, more needs to be done to combat the users – those fuelling the demand for trafficked women.
Detective Superintendent Philip Marshall, of Organised Crime PSNI, has commented that sex trafficking is 'rape for profit'. The maximum sentence for rape in
It's a scandal that a man who effectively rapes a trafficked victim faces a lesser punishment than someone who drives without car insurance. How can someone who pays for the services of a prostitute, or trafficked victim, subjected to force escape with just a fine? It's rape in all but name.
At the Evangelical Alliance Northern
Our campaign is simple - someone convicted of using a trafficked woman for sex should face a mandatory custodial sentence, and have their name added to the sex-offender's register.
We are not calling for brand new legislation, the law is already in place and this is already a strict liability offence, however the penalty is merely an insult to victims. A £1,000 fine is no deterrent. It sends out completely the wrong message to men who are using or are tempted to use trafficked women. Our campaign will be at the frontline of changing public perception with a strong clear message that if you use a trafficked woman you will become a social outcast.
The Northern Ireland Assembly will be issuing the High Hedges Act at the end of this month to deal with, as the name suggests, high hedges. Stormont does not have a reputation for cutting edge legislative change – but how about on this occasion
Our campaign will be launched by the end of the month. Keep an eye on our website for more information.