DUNGANNON’S peer, Maurice Morrow, has highlighted the invisible plight of trafficked children in the local area.
Latest figures obtained by the DUP politician show that the local health trusts have taken parental responsibility for six trafficked children since 2009
All of the children were from outside the EU, according to the Department of Health.
Lord Morrow is campaigning for the Northern Ireland Assembly to enhance protection for trafficking victims brought into Northern Ireland to work as prostitutes.
His Assembly bill includes proposals such as expanding the definition of exploitation, compensation procedures for victims and special protection and help for victims in the legal process.
“My bill is designed to bring help and aid and assistance to those who find themselves trafficked,” he said.
“The majority of trafficking victims in Northern Ireland in recent years have been trafficked here for sexual exploitation.
“The sad fact that here in Northern Ireland there is a growing demand for paid sex and I am seeking to put into my bill the necessary clauses to tackle that very sad issue.”