Bid to highlight human trafficking
A new campaign has been launched to highlight human trafficking for forced labour in Northern Ireland.
Thirty-three potential victims were rescued in Northern Ireland last year, most intended for sexual abuse but including nine facing servitude, the Department of Justice said.
Justice Minister David Ford backed the Crimestoppers charity effort to raise awareness.
"Human trafficking, in all its forms, is a horrendous crime. What this campaign aims to do is to highlight that people are also trafficked into Northern Ireland for forced labour and domestic servitude," he said.
He noted attention had tended to focus on sex trafficking.
In 2011/12 there were 33 potential victims, nine for forced labour and 24 for sex.
The campaign against it includes a Crimestoppers YouTube video, radio advertising and social media. Posters and flyers will be distributed throughout Northern Ireland.