In 2011 a woman that had been severely exploited in domestic work in Ireland reported the exploitation to the police and was referred to assistance and support services. A criminal investigation was opened but subsequently discontinued.
The woman was informed that she was not going to be officially recognised as a victim of human trafficking. Meanwhile, the woman received legal advice and was supported to pursue compensation for breaches of her employment rights. She submitted a claim and won her case in 2016.
The decision was later appealed and the award was finally upheld in 2017. Further applications have now been made relating to enforcement of the award.