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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging Jamaicans to support the Theodora Project in Negril, which assists youth vulnerable to human trafficking.
  • He pointed out that the support will allow the organisation to increase its involvement with at-risk youth and those who are most vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.
  • The Governor-General is also calling on the country to return to the core values of respect, discipline, honesty and good work ethics, which are fundamental pillars of nationhood.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging Jamaicans to support the Theodora Project in Negril, which assists youth vulnerable to human trafficking.

He pointed out that the support will allow the organisation to increase its involvement with at-risk youth and those who are most vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

“Theodora is providing them a second chance through remedial education, skills training and empowerment. May God bless their work and may the outcome redound to His glory and to the betterment of Jamaica,” the Governor-General said.

He was speaking at today’s (January 15) National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, under the theme: ‘Return… Reconnect… Rebuild With God’. Proceeds from the event will go to the Theodora Project in Negril.

Among those in attendance were: Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness; parliamentarians; custodes; the judiciary; local government leaders; business leaders; the security forces; community and labour leaders; members of the diplomatic and consular corps; and church leaders.

The Governor-General is also calling on the country to return to the core values of respect, discipline, honesty and good work ethics, which are fundamental pillars of nationhood.

“Eschew corruption, which is endemic in our society, not peculiar to any one group, leaders and followers, rich and poor, merchants and customers, teachers and students, and others,” he said.

He further noted that there is a need to reconnect and restore broken relationships within the family, communities, workplaces and churches.

“This requires forgiveness and trust. This is where the rebuilding process must start, including of course, among our leaders. We need to put aside divisions and divisiveness and pool our best intellect, talent, energies and resources to build a strong nation that we can pass on to the next generation,” the Governor-General said.

The Prime Minister read the first lesson from Jeremiah 29: 7, 10-13, while Mr. Holness read the second lesson, from Ephesians 4:4-6, 11-13, 16. The keynote address was delivered by Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Rev. Everton Jackson.

Human trafficking is estimated by the United Nations to be a US$32-billion per year global trade.

Jamaica is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.

However, the Government has been working to combat the issue of human trafficking, with the establishment of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP); amendment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2013; an island-wide public education campaign; and the establishment of a new shelter to house victims

Additionally, the administration has equipped the police force to treat with human trafficking offences by establishing an Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit in the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).