Ireland and Romania are the only EU countries listed on the tier two watchlist.
The Department of Justice says it's disappointed Ireland's ranking has not been upgraded in the Unites States latest ‘Trafficking in Persons’ Report.
Ireland and Romania are the only EU countries listed on the tier two watchlist - meaning we are failing to meet the minimum standards to tackle human trafficking but are making significant efforts.
The report did not take in to account the first convictions for human trafficking under Irish law which was handed down in Mullingar last month.
Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, says more of these need to happen to protect victims: