WEDNESDAY 03/10/2007 18:29:20  

A specialist unit has been set up in Belfast to fight the threat of people trafficking, it was announced today.
Security Minister Paul Goggins confirmed a team of officers has been created to monitor gangs who sell their victims into the sex trade and forced labour.

They will be part of a national, multi-agency initiative: Pentameter 2.

As he launched the Northern Ireland operation Mr Goggins, who chairs the Organised Crime Taskforce (OCTF), said: “Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery where individuals and criminal networks seek to profit from the brutality, misery and suffering they cause to others.

“It is a type of serious organised crime which the Government is determined to stamp out and we in Northern Ireland will play our full role.