Ireland has experienced an increase in the domestic cultivation of cannabis in the last five years. In 2012 there was
substantial media coverage on raids of cannabis farms as part of intelligence-led operations targeting cannabis cultivation in Ireland. As a result of these operations, a substantial number of cannabis farms across Ireland were identified and dismantled. In tandem with this trend, human trafficking for the purpose of forced labour in cannabis production is a growing problem. Anti-Slavery International (ASI) identified that potential victims of trafficking for forced labour in cannabis farms are being trafficked from Vietnam to Ireland via the UK.
This research is part of a wider European study, to explore responses against trafficking for forced labour in criminal activity led by ASI.