Entries by JP OSullivan

Do Disturb: Radio Documentary

  MECPATHS was delighted to be invited to collaborate with documentary producer Patricia Baker on a Human Trafficking in Ireland radio feature. Do Disturb has now been completed and its launch is timely, with the recent launch of The US State Departments Annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The documentary, Do Disturb, features Sr. Mary Ryan,…

Human Trafficking amidst Covid-19: Webinar

  MECPATHS were very pleased to co-host a Webinar on Human Trafficking in partnership with Cork Against Human Trafficking and The Cork Sexual Violence Centre on May 7th 2020. The theme of the Webinar was ‘Human Trafficking amidst Covid-19’. Representatives from 26 countries joined in their hundreds as a panel of International speakers addressed the challenges…

Child Abuse, Trafficking Risks Are Spiking Amid Coronavirus

  by Hugo Millar The risk of children around the world being abused and trafficked is growing as more countries, particularly poor ones, impose lockdown measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Limits on movement mean children are more at risk of abuse at home and online, according to separate reports from United Nations…

What is Child Trafficking?

  Child trafficking is defined as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt” of a child for the purpose of exploitation. This definition comes from the United Nations Palermo Protocol. A child is defined by the Palermo Protocol and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as any person under the age…

Irish children are falling through the cracks

  AN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and human rights organisation has expressed concern that Ireland’s policies on human trafficking are allowing victims to fall through the cracks, including Irish children who are victims of trafficking. Speaking to TheJournal.ie Valiant Richey, the OSCE’s special representative for combating trafficking in human beings, said one of the main pieces lacking in Ireland’s…

Tech. Sector addressing Child Trafficking & Exploitation

  Web hosting company Blacknight says it has agreed to disrupt certain types of web content, without waiting for court orders. Blacknight has joined global industry leaders, such as GoDaddy, Nominet and Amazon, to agree a common framework to address abuse of the domain name system (DNS) by criminals. The framework identifies four types of…

Cork Hotels working to end child trafficking

  A CHARITY revealed how Cork hotels are becoming increasingly vulnerable to child sex trafficking. JP O’Sullivan from MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with the Hospitality Sector) shed light on how the organisation’s training led to the rescue of a child in a Cork hotel. Established in 2013 by the Sisters of…

Shannon College of Hotel Management

  Our relationship with Shannon College of Hotel Management continues to grow and expand. We are always grateful to meet with the #MECPATHSClass in Shannon and to hear their direct experiences of working in industry. The passion and compassion each student at Shannon delivers in our engagement is much appreciated and the coordination by Orla…