International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

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The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, observed on 2nd December, is an opportunity to highlight the Government’s significant efforts to eradicate modern slavery.

‘Modern slavery’ is used to describe practices, such as forced labour, forced marriage, and trafficking in persons (TIP). Persons in such situations are unable to refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.

Jamaica’s most common form of modern slavery, trafficking in persons, has gained much attention in recent years. The National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) was established by the Government of Jamaica to strengthen the country’s legislative, institutional and operational capacity to combat TIP.

The NATFATIP has made significant strides in the fight against trafficking in persons. The unit’s efforts have led to the conviction and prosecution of alleged offenders, and investigation of potentially new cases.

Additionally, public education about TIP has also been intensified and TIP has been added to the curriculum of primary and secondary schools island wide.

For more information, please contact the:

National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP)
61 Constant Spring Road
Kingston 10
Phone: (876) 906-4923-31
Toll Free: 1888-4-justice (587-8423)
Fax: (876) 906-1712

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