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Together with twenty-five other delegates, Noirin O’ Shea, olcgs, Ann Mara (MECPATHS) and JP O’Sullivan (MECPATHS) attended training in Arlanda, near Stockholm, Sweden from 6-10 May 2019.
It was an opportunity not only to familiarise oneself with the legislation – where it exists- on human trafficking and exploitation in European countries but a hugely valuable opportunity to meet with others working in the field of combatting human trafficking and exploitation.
We heard from social workers, litigants and police officers who work directly with victims and whilst ten different European countries were represented at the training, it was uncanny that the ‘story’ is similar in each jurisdiction- lack of awareness amongst the general public of the extent of trafficking; increase in the numbers of child- trafficking; dearth of resources to tackle the crime; extent of corruption facilitating this crime and the evolving nature /types of trafficking and exploitation.
Full report will be available shortly.