Anna Lo MLA said: “I must question the real motive behind Brenda Hale and the DUP in highlighting comments made in a different context over three years ago.
Alliance has led the way when it comes to campaigning against human trafficking. Not only did I form Stormont’s All Party Group on the issue, but my party colleagues have hosted events to inform others on the topic.
“Justice Minister David Ford has also taken great strides to tackle the problem, publishing the first human trafficking action plan for Northern Ireland and through his department’s Organised Crime Task Force’s immigration and human trafficking subgroup.
“I am confident my constituents in South Belfast are aware and respect my record as a campaigner against human trafficking and support the hard work I undertake for everyone in the area.”