17 children trafficked into Northern Ireland
An increased number of children have been trafficked into Northern Ireland, it was disclosed.
Most were intended for sexual exploitation and a specialist legal support network is to be established to provide advice, the Law Centre Northern Ireland said.
Some 17 potential child victims were identified since April.
Children's commissioner Patricia Lewsley-Mooney said: "The process that every trafficked child goes through must seek to protect them when they are facing a very frightening time.
"The Anti-Trafficking Children and Young People Project at the Law Centre (NI) will support this vulnerable and often invisible group of young people.
"It offers skills and expertise to listen to, advise and support trafficked children."