A new cross-Border campaign to raise public awareness of human trafficking across Ireland was unveiled today.
The Blue Blindfold campaign, which will run until March 28th, urges the public to help police in fighting the crime.
Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said human trafficking has “no place” in Ireland and appealed for people to act on any suspicions.
“There is no specific type of person who could be a victim of human trafficking - it could be your neighbour,” he said..
His Northern counterpart, David Ford, said although it is “difficult” to accept this form of modern day slavery is happening in Ireland, he hopes the campaign will help "to open our eyes to this heinous crime and that people realise it could be happening in their town”.
He added the public has an important role to play in the fight against human trafficking. “Human trafficking knows no borders, and it is important that we work together to highlight this crime,” Mr Ford said.
The campaign will see a series of ads placed in the Metro Herald newspaper, as well as posters and leaflets being available through libraries and health centres across the island.
People in the Republic can report suspicions of human trafficking anonymously to the Gardaí through Crimestoppers on 1800 250025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those in the North can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or through nidirect.co.uk.
Anti-trafficking campaign unveiled - The Irish Times - Tue, Jan 18, 2011