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[thejournal.ie] Trafficked Asian nationals forced into drug trade are getting tougher sentences than Irish – MRCI. (30 Jul 2014)

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Trafficking victims forced to work in cannabis growhouses are sent to prison more often according to Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.

The MRCI are making the case on the UN’s anti-trafficking day that 36 people of Asian origin were placed in custody last year alone in connection with cannabis cultivation.

In a two-year period alone between 2011 and 2013 they argue that 14 Vietnamese nationals and 11 Chinese nationals were convicted for cannabis cultivation, this is compared to 18 Irish nationals in the same period.

There were eight people convicted from elsewhere in the EU meaning that the total number of convictions for cannabis cultivation was 51.

“We have shown that people are being trafficked here and forced to work in cannabis growhouses,” argues MRCI’s Gráinne O’Toole.


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