Responses to Consultation on Human Trafficking & Exploitation Bill (PDF )
Publish Date: 27 June 2013
A report providing an overview of the responses submitted to the consultation process on the Private Members Bill proposed by Lord Morrow to tackle Human Trafficking and Exploitation.
One hundred and forty-seven submissions were received in response to the consultation on my Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill. Ninety-eight were emails or letters and forty-nine were completed consultation forms. 53 were from organisations and elected representatives and 94 were from private citizens. Twenty-two of the responses were from outside of Northern Ireland. The location of twenty-three respondents was unclear. This document sets out a summary of those responses.
As a result of the comments and suggestions I have received I have:
- made minor changes to some clauses;
- amended the clause on paying for sexual services;
- added new clauses to bring in a minimum sentence for trafficking offences and to introduce a National Rapporteur in Northern Ireland;
- extended the Bill to include forced labour, an offence under section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009