Deputy Ciara Conway asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of recorded victims of human trafficking in County Waterford in 2010 and 2011; if he will provide details of the gender, age profile and country of origin of each of these victims; the number of convictions that have been secured in respect of these offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I am informed by the Garda authorities that in June 2010 a 34 year old Bulgarian female, who had been arrested by An Garda Síochána in Waterford Garda Division in relation to other matters, alleged that she had been deceived into travelling to Ireland by an unidentified male. She was recorded by An Garda Síochána as a possible victim of human trafficking but the person did not wish to make a statement and left the jurisdiction, travelling to the UK. There was no further information available to An Garda Síochána and the matter could not be progressed further.
No victims of human trafficking came to the attention of An Garda Síochána in Waterford Garda Division in 2011.