The Justice Minister David Ford said more needs to be done to tackle prostitution
The paper highlighted the low number of convictions and prosecutions for prostitution related offences.
It also identified factors contributing to women becoming involved in prostitution and being exploited by criminal gangs.
Justice Minister David Ford said it was vital to support victims of exploitation and increase convictions.
The report identifies a number of key findings:
- 18 of the 29 police areas had reported incidents of prostitution over a six month period.
- In 2009/10 the PSNI identified 25 potential victims of human trafficking - with 17 who had been subject to sexual exploitation.
- Prosecutions and convictions for prostitution related offences are low due to the covert nature of prostitution.
"As part of my agenda to reshape the justice system, I want to work in partnership with others to develop new thinking on how we can help bring people out of prostitution, support the victims of sexual exploitation and bring human traffickers to justice," he said.
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