Justice Minister David Ford is to make a fact-finding trip to Sweden to investigate the country’s approach to dealing with prostitution and human trafficking.
Mr Ford revealed his plans to the News Letter to coincide with today’s EU Anti-Trafficking Day, although the date for his trip is not confirmed.
The news comes during ongoing debate around proposals by Lord Morrow to criminalise men who buy sex from women, as has been done in Sweden. Lord Morrow believes this would help combat sex trafficking of women but Mr Ford has doubts. MLAs will eventually vote for themselves on whether Northern Ireland should follow suit. Today sees the justice, education and employment ministers visiting schools to raise awareness of human trafficking to mark the seventh EU Anti-Trafficking Day.