There were 41 potential victims of human trafficking in Northern Ireland last year, compared to 17 in 2012, figures have shown.
Together with the 32 referrals made in 2011 to the UK National Referral Mechanism, which is the framework for identifying victims, the Northern Ireland numbers released by the National Crime Agency make up two per cent of all suspected trafficking victims.
Justice Minister David Ford said the scale of human trafficking here is low compared to the rest of the UK, but added that there is no room for complacency.
“I continue to encourage the public to be aware of the issue of human trafficking, and the signs to look out for. Anyone with concerns should report what they know, or suspicions they may have, to the PSNI or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”