RADIO DOCUMENTARY ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING – NEWSTALK 106-108FM
BROADCAST DATES: Sunday 5th July, 2020 at 7am Repeated on Saturday 11th July, 2020 at 9pm
Extracts from the Do Disturb
“When we look at the global number it is estimated that over 40 million people suffer from human trafficking, also referred to as Modern Day Slavery, today. If we think of the times of the transatlantic slave trade which were shocking times, during the two centuries, there was about 15 million people in slavery. So the problem is worse now.”
“If we turn it back to here in Ireland, I have met women who have been trafficked into and within Ireland and used as a commodity. The people controlling them have often been Irish people, the people using the service have been Irish people. .. We have now turned people into a commodity and that generates income and profit to $150 billon a year.”
Trafficking of human beings, referred to as modern day slavery, is one of our largest humanitarian crises, with over 40 million adults and children enslaved worldwide. Half of these people are sold into the sex trade, the majority of whom are women and children.
Ireland is not immune to this global catastrophe. Human trafficking is a growing criminal activity and justice issue here in Ireland. The need for public awareness is paramount. How do we respond to such an issue?
An Irish charity MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with the Hospitality Sector) took one small step. Hotels are known as one of the places where women and children are sex trafficked. MECPATHS is working with hotel groups to deliver training programmes for hotel staff on the indicators and protocol of reporting child sex trafficking. Do Disturb is about the importance of increasing public awareness and understanding that no matter how overwhelming this global issue is, there is something we can do to bring about change.
Do Disturb is broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108FM on Sunday 5th July, 2020 at 7am and again on Saturday 11th July, 2020 at 9pm
The programme will be available for download from newstalk.com after the broadcast.