Human Trafficking

The PSNI has said that they investigated 54 cases of modern slavery since April 2019, compared to 33 in the same period of 2018.

The Department of Justice released the figures in a report on Friday, which also marks Anti-Slavery day which fell on Friday 18th October 2019.

The department has urged the public to be vigilant of signs of trafficking in Northern Ireland.

Modern day slavery can range from labour or sexual exploitation to forced criminality and domestic servitude.

Speaking about the report, Julie Wilson from the Department of Justice explained it is “focused on the priorities of improving how we care for and support victims, supporting the law enforcement response and preventing modern slavery and getting value from research and innovation”.