Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has welcomed a new bill introduced by Fianna Fail’s Deputy Anne Rabbitte yesterday, Wednesday 7 March. The Criminal Law (Recruitment of Children to Engage in Criminal Activity) Bill 2018, more commonly referred to as Fagin’s Law, will make it an offence for an adult to recruit a child to carry out a criminal offence on his or her behalf.
RAS spokesman Benny Gilsenan said: “Children are being recruited by criminals to sell smuggled cigarettes and other illegal products on streets and in markets all over the country. This is exploitation of children to commit serious crime and has to stop. RAS are welcoming this Bill which will protect these children, and once again highlight just how damaging smuggling is to communities and businesses in Ireland.”