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Human Trafficking

The Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit (HTICU) operate to combat human trafficking.  The unit engages in wide consultation with a number of agencies including Customs, State Agencies such as the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), the Health Service Executive (HSE), the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), and NGOs such as Ruhama, the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland (MRCI), the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and Doras Liumni.

The unit’s role includes the following:

  • Assuming national responsibility for policy development, the co-ordination and implementation of policing methods and the management and co-ordination of investigations within the unit and with divisions throughout the country.
  • Providing advice, support and, where necessary, operational assistance to investigations undertaken at District level.
  • Working in partnership with Organised Prostitution Investigation Unit (OPIU) in the investigation of trafficking in human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
  • Delivery of training and awareness to An Garda Síocána on all aspects of trafficking in human beings.