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A guide to Northern Ireland’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

This guide considers the provisions contained in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 (referred to as “the Act” throughout the guide).

 

CONTENTS

Chapter 1. Existing Criminal Offences prior to the introduction of the Act

Chapter 2. Slavery and Human Trafficking under Part 1 of the Act (Sections 1-14)

2.1  Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (Section 1)

2.2  Human Trafficking (Section 2)

2.3  The meaning of Exploitation under the Act (Sections 3 and 4)

2.4  Sentencing for Slavery or Human Trafficking Offences (Sections 5-7)

2.5  Ancillary Orders (Sections 8-11 and Schedules 1-3)

2.6  Slavery and Trafficking Reparation Orders (Section 10 and Schedule 3)

2.7  Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders (Section 11 and Schedule 3)

2.8  Duties of Public Authorities in relation to prevention and enforcement of Slavery and Human Trafficking offences (Sections 12-14)

Chapter 3. Other Exploitation  Offences under Part 2 of the Act (section 15-16)

3.1  Paying for sexual services (section 15)

3.2  Forced Marriage (section 16)

Chapter 4. Assistance and Support for Victims of Slavery and Human Trafficking under Part 3 of the Act (Sections 17 -21)

4.1  Assistance and Support pending Determination by Competent Authority (section 18)

4.2  Assistance and Support  for exiting Prostitution (section 19)

4.3  Guidance as to Compensation for Victims (Section 20)

4.4  Independent Guardians for Minors (Section 21)

Chapter 5. Protection of Victims of Slavery and Human Trafficking under Part 4 of the Act (Sections 22-24)

5.1  Statutory Defence for Victims of Slavery or Human Trafficking Offences (Section 22)

5.2  Protection of Victims of Slavery or Human Trafficking in criminal investigations (Sections 23 and 26)

5.3  Special measures under the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (Section 24)

 

© Law Centre (NI) 2017

Disclaimer - Although every effort is made to ensure the information in Law Centre publications is accurate, we cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies and their consequences. The information should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of the law.

Law Centre (NI) only operates within Northern Ireland and the information in this document is only relevant to Northern Ireland law.

When reading Law Centre documents, please pay attention to their date of publication as legislation may have changed since they were published.

 

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