Entries by JP OSullivan

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 web…

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…

MECPATHS join DELL’s #initiativeforfreedom

  MECPATHS joined Cork Sexual Violence Centre and A21 on Friday 18th October to mark EU Anti Trafficking Day at DELL’s Ovens-based plant in Cork. Celebrating the launch of DELL’s #InitiativeForFreedom, JP spoke on behalf of MECPATHS and echoed the voices of Mary Crilly, CSVC, and Charlie Blythe, A21, who called for an increased awareness…