Gov’t To Intensify Campaign against Human Trafficking

Photo: Mark Bell Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck (2nd left), hands over a 16-seater Toyota Hiace Bus to (from left) Head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clifford Chambers; and Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, shares the moment. The bus, acquired by the Justice Ministry at a cost of approximately $6 million, was donated to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the JCF. It was handed over on June 1 at the Justice Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices in St. Andrew.

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be intensifying its public education against human trafficking this year.
  • Minister Chuck noted that most of the victims of human trafficking are women and minors, and appealed to parents and guardians to talk with your children about how to make wise decisions and to protect themselves.
  • The 16-seater Toyota provided to the TIP Unit was acquired at a cost of approximately $6 million by the Ministry of Justice.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be intensifying its public education against human trafficking this year.

He said the campaign will be “more aggressive”, especially in rural areas where persons are deemed to be more at risk.

“We will also focus on targeted interventions for vulnerable groups,” he pointed out.

The Minister was speaking at the handover of a bus to the anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1.

He urged Jamaicans to be on alert for signs of human trafficking.

“Pay more than the usual attention to children, who might be victims of forced begging; entities or individuals of dubious character, who are recruiting persons as models to work overseas or in massage parlours, nightclubs,” he said.

Minister Chuck noted that most of the victims of human trafficking are women and minors, and appealed to parents and guardians to talk with your children about how to make wise decisions and to protect themselves.

“It is disheartening to hear of reports of human trafficking, and in particular sexual slavery, where women, mostly young and oftentimes minors, are tricked into prostitution and even gang-raped,” he pointed out.

He noted that the simple caution ‘don’t talk to strangers’ should also apply in the use of social media platforms.

“Do not give information about yourself and your family that can be used to harm you. Most importantly, do not agree to meet anyone whom you have met on social media,” he advised.

Minister Chuck noted human trafficking takes a tremendous toll on the victims,   noting that it takes years for them to recover from the mental and physical trauma.

“Sometimes they don’t, because of the horrific experiences associated with human trafficking,” he pointed out.

He said the Government is strengthening the support system for victims through the establishment of shelters and providing psychological support.

Meanwhile, he informed that the anti-TIP policy is expected to be completed this fiscal year and thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for providing the necessary funding support for the six-month consultancy to develop the policy.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, said the Government will continue to undertake coordinated approaches in addressing human trafficking.

“This Government, the Ministry of National Security and other stakeholders collaboratively reject human trafficking as a violation of the fundamental rights to freedom and security of the person,” he said.

He urged all law-abiding citizens to use the Stay alert App to anonymously report suspicious incidents.

The 16-seater Toyota provided to the TIP Unit was acquired at a cost of approximately $6 million by the Ministry of Justice.

It will assist in the ongoing fight against human trafficking, and transport victims that have been rescued.

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