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Jamaica working to reduce human trafficking

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Jamaica, July 3rd 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica is making major strides to curb crime especially human trafficking. According to a report released by the US department of State on June 27th, Jamaica has demonstrated increasing efforts to eliminate human trafficking by securing two convictions, prosecuting nine cases against 13 alleged offenders and investigating 40 potentially new cases.

Head of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, also confirmed that the report noted the country’s increased efforts to raise awareness of the crime, and Jamaica’s new victim protocol for health, labour and child welfare.

The U.S report also emphasized the responsibility of other Caribbean Governments to criminalize human trafficking and hold offenders more accountable. Palmer stated  “countries should scale up their actions to enable law enforcement agencies to respond effectively in investigating cases of human trafficking, rescuing victims and helping the prosecutorial services to build effective cases against offenders.”

Palmer also urged regional Governments to work collaboratively to develop the capacity of law enforcement and judicial officials to implement more modern investigative and evidence processing techniques.  All in all, human trafficking is a serious crime which affect all Caribbean countries.

Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher

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