Human Trafficking and Slavery: Strengthening Northern Ireland's response
The Department of Justice is seeking your views on measures to strengthen Northern Irelandís response to human trafficking and slavery.
This consultation follows a review of the legislative response here and takes particular account of the publication of the Home Secretary’s Modern Slavery Bill on 16 December 2013. Key proposals include:
- consolidation of offences, including the creation of a new offence of human trafficking to cover any type of exploitation, a new offence of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour, and the removal of the option to try slavery, servitude or forced labour cases summarily;
- establishment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner to challenge, scrutinise and strengthen Government and law enforcement’s response to human trafficking and slavery;
- amendment of the sentencing framework so that human trafficking and slavery offenders may be subject to life sentences and public protection sentences ; and
- creation of civil orders to place restrictions on individuals who have been convicted of or are involved in human trafficking or slavery offences.