New legislation which will support the victims of human trafficking has “made history”, according to DUP peer, Lord Morrow, who has brought the Bill to its final stage.
The Bill awaits Royal Assent before it becomes law but, speaking after it passed the Final Consideration Stage at Stormont, the Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA said all parties had shown a “united front” on the issue.
He continued: “This has been a momentous day and one which will remain with me for the rest of my life. Not only has this Bill made history, it has raised my estimations of the Assembly itself, in that members could see the arguments put forward.
“I say that without hesitation of all parties. While they may have had differences at times, in relation to how best to tackle human trafficking and exploitation, when issues were thrashed out, the parties were in support of all or some of the clauses. What was clear however throughout, was a united front in supporting human trafficking victims –and that is what constructed the success of this Bill.”
Lord Morrow has spent three years on the Bill and said he was “immensely pleased” at the result.