Pupils to get lessons on human trafficking
Children will be taught in school how to spot the signs of human trafficking.
Education packs, which focus on how to report trafficking, and the myths and realities around the issue, are being rolled out to pupils aged between 14 and 16, under a new drive led by the Department of Justice.
The resource pack, to be distributed to over 200 post-primary schools across Northern Ireland, is the first of its kind.
Teachers are not required to use the step-by-step lesson packs, but several schools have already expressed an interest, Justice Minister David Ford said.
"This resource pack, the first of its kind, has all the relevant material in one place, and will help teachers to get the message across about the nature and consequences of this evil crime," Mr Ford said at yesterday's launch at Stormont.
"We cannot close our eyes to the fact that human trafficking is happening in Northern Ireland and raising the awareness of our young people to this crime is essential to enable them to spot the signs."
In April, the Department of Justice introduced new trafficking offences under the Criminal Justice (NI) Act 2013. It followed two human trafficking arrests made in a joint PSNI and Swedish law enforcement operation.
In 2011, there were 27 known victims of human trafficking in Northern Ireland.