NRM Statistics highlight need to address labour exploitation

The National Crime Agency last month released statistics for Northern Ireland’s potential trafficking victim referrals through the NRM (National Referral Mechanism).

30 out of the 45 victims recovered here in 2014 were exploited for labour: this could mean in factories (ie meat-packing), fields or land (ie mushroom picking), the fishing industry, fast food production, cannabis cultivation, or other forms of labour from which traffickers can profit financially in exploiting people.

The statistics for 2014 highlight the first time in our relatively short history of referring victims through the NRM that Northern Ireland has seen more victims of labour exploitation than of sexual exploitation. 

No More Traffik works to challenge the stereotyping and profiling of victims, as we believe vulnerability and exploitation take on many forms, many of which lead to human trafficking. We cannot afford to think only of one type of exploitation or one of people group being affected: it is through widening our lens that we will ensure freedom and equality for all victims of human trafficking in Northern Ireland.

Gemma Brown, Development Manager, spoke to Sara Neill about this on City Beat yesterday: