Police in warning on human trafficking
Human trafficking is increasing in Northern Ireland, police have said.
Between April and December last year, 15 victims were rescued and four people were charged.
A cross-border campaign to raise awareness of the evil trade was launched yesterday.
Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, head of the organised crime branch, said: “We very much see this as a crime that is developing in Northern Ireland. It is a worrying trend. This is about the exploitation of human beings.”
He added that the public needed to be on the lookout for rented accommodation with people coming and going at all hours of the night.
“They are being treated as no more than labour commodities,” he warned.
Justice Minister David Ford launched the campaign.
“I hope this campaign helps to open eyes to this heinous crime and that people realise it could be happening in a location near them,” he said.
The Blue Blindfold campaign will run in Northern Ireland for the next three months.