On October 18th, 2022, marking the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, IOM Ireland released a short film portraying the harrowing experiences of victims who are trafficked to Ireland.
Entitled ‘Anyone: Deceived’, the film forms part of IOM’s ongoing ‘Anyone’ campaign, funded by the Department of Justice. The campaign, delivered under the Protect III project, is designed to raise awareness of a number of facts around the scourge of human trafficking:
- Human trafficking happens in Ireland, not only in faraway countries.
- It can happen anywhere from small towns to big cities.
- Just as ‘anyone’ can be a victim of trafficking, equally ‘anyone’ can be a trafficker.
- There are various reasons for human trafficking - from sexual and labour exploitation to child trafficking and forced begging.
The launch of the film was attended by various organisations such as the European Commission, Department of Justice (DOJ), Director of Public Prosecutions, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), Victim Support at Court (VSAC), Health Service Executive (HSE), An Garda Síochána, and an Irish NGO that we work closely with, Ruhama, which offers nationwide support to women impacted by sex trafficking, prostitution, and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
The event had several speakers such as Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland Barbara Nolan, Ruhama's Chief Executive Officer Barbara Condon, survivors of human trafficking that are currently being supported by Ruhama and IOM Ireland’s Chief of Mission Lalini Veerassamy. Minister of justice Helen McEntee and actor Tom Vaugh-Lawlor had pre-recorded speeches which was played at the start of the film launch.
To know the signs of human trafficking, visit anyonetrafficked.com
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, contact 1800 666 111 or in an emergency 999/112
Watch our short film below: