Human Trafficking takes place in every corner of the world, daily. The trade in and exploitation of human beings for profit is not a new phenomenon but one which has never reached such heights as we are experiencing today. Cork and the entire island of Ireland are not immune. It is estimated that, at any given time, there are over 40 million people caught in worlds of slavery: owned, abused and exploited by other people.
The forms of Modern Day Slavery which are being experienced are Sexual Exploitation, Labour Exploitation, Domestic Servitude, Forced Marriage, Forced Begging, Forced Criminality and Child Exploitation. In Ireland, on average, only 70 people are rescued from slavery each year. It is suggested that those Trafficked for Exploitation are Hidden in Plain Sight in the towns, villages and cities around us.