Entries by JP OSullivan

Six children saved from sex slavery in Northern Ireland

The PSNI saved six children from potential sex slavery in 2018, it has been revealed. They were among 52 potential victims of human trafficking, a 68% increase on the previous year. The figures are based on reports to the National Crime Agency’s National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Of those referred to the system, 32 were women, 20 were…

Ireland: An abusive reality behind closed doors

Aoife Nic Ardghail and Declan Brennan February 12 2019 (Irish Independent) A UK resident who repeatedly travelled to Dublin to have sex with a teenage girl who he claimed he was in love with has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. The Central Criminal Court heard that then 25-year-old man and the 16-year-old became engaged at one point…

Hotels responding to growing concerns

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent The front line for preventing human trafficking might not be at airports, international borders or in police raids. It might be at the hotel check-in desk. An international hotel chain has completed a two-year project to train half a million staff with the aim of spotting…

Ibec welcomes MECPATHS

MECPATHS delivered a workshop morning to the hospitality sector members of Ibec on January 24th. Attendees learned about Child Trafficking, globally, how to identify a victim of Human Trafficking and how to respond accordingly. The workshop was delivered by Ann Mara and JP O’ Sullivan and the discussion portion of the morning was extremely engaging.…

Ireland’s Ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

“The Children’s Rights Alliance welcomes the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD’s call for the ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Protocol details important safeguarding measures for children and young people from offences including child trafficking, child abuse material (referred to…

“I Think We Have A Sex Trafficking Situation Going On”

A hoteliers experience of Sex Trafficking on their premises. These incidents take place, globally, daily. Knowing what to identify and how to respond is vitally important. Each of us has a role to play in keeping people safe and responding when things go wrong. Please contact us to learn what to look out for and…

Shannon College of Hotel Management: MECPATHS announce Partnership

We are very proud to announce our partnership with Shannon College of Hotel Management. As a College of The National University of Ireland, Galway, Shannon continues to deliver professional, focused education to students from around the world at their College in Co. Clare. Founded in 1951, Shannon College has a history of intensive practical training,…

Clare FM interview with MECPATHS

With thanks to Clare FM for hosting MECPATHS on their Morning Focus show to discuss our work with Shannon College of Hotel Management and the importance of speaking about Child Trafficking in Ireland. To Listen to the podcast, please click here

Ireland: Poverty and social inequality leaves children at risk of sexual exploitation

A report issued by ECPAT International has outlined the challenges facing Ireland in 2018 which facilitate a growing risk of the sexual exploitation of children. ”Social inequality in Ireland is putting some children at greater risk of sexual exploitation – with Roma, migrant, refugee and Traveller communities more adversely affected. When income inequality remains high,…

Kevin Hyland to succeed Professor Siobhán Mullally on European anti-trafficking committee

Kevin Hyland OBE has been elected as Ireland’s representative on the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) from next year. Mr Hyland will succeed Professor Siobhán Mullally of UCC School of Law at the end of her second two-year term. He was appointed as the UK’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner in November 2014 and received…