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  • The Integrated Trafficking in Persons Information System and Database is supporting law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking in Jamaica.
  • The web-based system is hosted by the Ministry and serves as a central repository for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) which utilizes it.
  • Based on the confidential and sensitive nature of trafficking, access to the system is restricted to specific state entities.

The Integrated Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Information System and Database is supporting law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking in Jamaica.

Jointly developed by the Ministry of Justice and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in August 2015, the system is designed to improve data collection, analysis, and sharing in support of national policies, programmes and strategies to prevent human trafficking.

The web-based system is hosted by the Ministry and serves as a central repository for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) which utilizes it.

Manager of the TIP Secretariat in the Ministry, Keshia West, told JIS News that the database provides general support for improving policies and programmes targeting prevention, protection and prosecution in human trafficking matters. Additionally, she said it is capable of identifying the new and emerging trends.

“It inputs new information on a trafficker, uses different data sets as a guide in generating reports, and gives the police and Taskforce the trends in certain locations,” she outlined.

This, Ms. West added, would assist in developing training programmes and improving policies to facilitate investigations and targeted interventions

The TIP database uses the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) templates which stipulate standards for data collection pertaining to victims and traffickers.

It collates and manages information in nine primary areas: data on the victim; trafficker; the trafficking process; exploitation; response; trafficker investigations; the trial process; the appeal process; and post trial.

The system is comprised of three main components. These include: data management, which facilitates the tracking of developments; document management, which entails data archiving; and statistics reporting that allows for the data generation.

Based on the confidential and sensitive nature of trafficking, access to the system is restricted to specific state entities.

These include: the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Trafficking in Persons Unit; Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR); and Office of the Director of Public Prosecution. This is, however, expected to be expanded soon.

NATFATIP was established in June 2005 to provide as a multi-agency approach by the Government of Jamaica to strengthen Jamaica’s legislative, institutional and operational capacity to combat human trafficking.