Demand for sex with prostitutes here is so high that trafficking gangs are now targeting Northern Ireland.
The PSNI’s Organised Crime Branch has warned there is a growing interest in the province for traffickers because of a gap in the vice market.
They said that Ulster’s crime gangs are increasingly diversifying into the trafficking trade because of the massive profits that can be made.
It is estimated by police that between 80 and 100 prostitutes operate in Northern Ireland on a daily basis.
The nature of the criminality has made it difficult for police to calculate how many of these women have been trafficked from foreign countries and forced into the sex trade.
“We believe however that it could be around 10 per cent,” said Detective Inspector Dougie Grant, who heads up the Branch’s investigations into human trafficking and the illegal sex trade.
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