The Ministry of Interior appeals law enforcement authorities of Ireland to actively turn against trafficking in human beings causes by marriages of convenience


The Ministry of Interior appeals to competent authorities of Ireland to actively turn against any phenomenon that could potentially cause trafficking in human beings (THB), int. al. marriages of convenience, and grant the status of victim of THB for as many victims as possible, thereby ensuring the availability of rehabilitation services.

Bearing in mind that the Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings that came into force on November 1 is also ratified by Ireland, the Ministry of Interior appeals to take harsh action against persons who organize marriages of convenience in the territory of Ireland and use recruited Latvian women for this purpose, which can result in THB.

Currently marriages of convenience have become not only the basis for illegal immigration threats, but also the phenomenon which promotes THB. Mass media have already reported that due to the successful cooperation between Irish and Latvian police forces, two women from Latvia, captured by traffickers, were freed. They were lured to Ireland with help of a job offer, but upon arrival there were attempts to force them to enter into marriage with immigrants from Asia.

“Unfortunately Latvia frequently depicted as a country which is responsible for the organization of marriages of convenience abroad. One must clearly understand what is the reason for marriages of convenience, and what are their consequences. The reason for marriages of convenience is the demand of third country citizens for these marriages in order to obtain a legal basis for residence in the European Union, as well as the actual possibility to conclude such marriages in a European Union Member State. On the other hand, the consequences of marriages of convenience are an illegally obtained right of residence and the growing number of victims of THB, when the women who were engaged in marriages of convenience become victims of THB abroad,” points out the Director of Sectoral Policy Department of the MoI and National Coordinator of Prevention and Fight against THB Dimitrijs Trofimovs.

In order to agree upon further effective cooperation in fighting THB, especially in cases when the method used to commit these crimes is marriage of convenience, representatives of the State Police had a joint coordination meeting with Irish Police on October 28, 2010 in Hague at the Eurojust head quarters. During this meeting the State Police repeatedly appealed to take action against all forms of THB thereby reducing the risk of Latvian women to become victims of THB as a result of entering into a marriage of convenience

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