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28 Jun 2013

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Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Irish Government Criminalises Slavery

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The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) today welcomed the long-awaited criminalisation of modern-day slavery in Ireland. The Dáil has passed a Bill inserting a definition of forced labour (otherwise known as modern-day slavery) into Irish law, which will ensure that employers who commit this criminal act can be prosecuted...“MRCI and ICTU have campaigned for a number of years for a law to criminalise slavery. We welcome this amendment which will clearly set out the criminal act of slavery.” said Virginija Petrauskaite of MRCI. “Victims will now be able to come forward as the law will explicitly protect them.”