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A Bill that will radically reshape legislation on human trafficking and exploitation in Northern Ireland is moving towards its final stages following significant votes this week. In a marathon session lasting into the early hours of Tuesday morning (21 October), Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly debated the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and […]

PRESS RELEASE Social policy charity CARE welcomes historic Northern Ireland Assembly votes to criminalise paying for sex by 81 votes to 10 and to introduce statutory child trafficking guardians late on Monday night and early Tuesday morning. These votes took place during the Consideration Stage debate on Lord Morrow’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill which […]

In the early hours of Tuesday morning (21 October) the Northern Ireland Assembly voted to create a statutory system of specialist guardians for children who have been trafficked. Part of Lord Morrow’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill, this clause will ensure that children who have been trafficked will receive […]

In a landmark move late this evening the Northern Ireland Assembly voted to make it a criminal offence to purchase sexual services in the province. The clause, which is part of Lord Maurice Morrow’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill, received widespread support within the Assembly from parties across the […]

This week, the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders has rewritten existing guidance and made it far easier for a doctor or other healthcare professional to assist someone to commit suicide.  In effect, the DPP appears to have effectively legalised physician assisted suicide. Under the terms of the 1961 Suicide Act, assisting or […]

Overwhelming public support – particularly among women (82%) – for Swedish approach to paying for sex in NI Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill Today the Christian social policy charity CARE publishes new polling data demonstrating extensive public support for criminalising the purchase of sexual services in Northern Ireland. The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, which […]

MPs from across the parties have called on the Government to strengthen the provision in the Modern Slavery Bill regarding special Child Trafficking Advocates to support trafficked children. The Bill creates a power for the Government to make arrangements for an advocates scheme and to set out details of the role through regulations. However, this […]

A Labour tax system should recognise family responsibility Social policy charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) has expressed disappointment at Ed Balls’ announcement in his speech to conference that, if elected, Labour intend to scrap the Government’s transferable allowance provisions for married couples. Nola Leach, Chief Executive, said: “It is very concerning and surprising […]

New data compiled by the social policy charity CARE and published today reveals that there are 312 active betting shop licences in Northern Ireland with the majority of shops clustered in areas which are ranked highest in the deprivation index. The research found that 36.54% of betting shops were in the 10% most deprived council […]

A Committee of MPs has continued its scrutiny of the Modern Slavery Bill this week including particular focus on the new post of Anti-Slavery Commissioner. During the Committee sessions many MPs raised concerns about the level of independence the Commissioner will have, the narrow focus of the role and the decision to begin recruiting the […]