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  • United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bruno Pouezat has commended the Government of Jamaica for its efforts to combat human trafficking within the country.
  • Mr. Pouezat, who is also the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, was speaking at the launch of Trafficking in Persons Study and Database Film premiere on July 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.
  • Jamaica has recorded significant achievements in its efforts to combat the phenomena through the development of a robust TIP system.

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bruno Pouezat has commended the Government of Jamaica for its efforts to combat human trafficking within the country.

“At the national level, the Government of Jamaica should be congratulated on its own efforts through interventions by the Ministry of Justice, the National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons (TIP), other government entities, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders. The national system to combat TIP is improving,” the UN official stated.

Mr. Pouezat, who is also the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, was speaking at the launch of Trafficking in Persons Study and Database Film premiere on July 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

The event was attended by critical stakeholders in the anti-TIP national taskforce, including Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck; State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, among others.

In his remarks, the Justice Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to combatting trafficking.

“We want to fulfil the mandate of ensuring that persons who engage in trafficking meet their justice. We have been successful in at least three cases, so far, which will ensure that the signal is sent that human trafficking is a crime. The Ministry of Justice will be even more vigilant in ensuring that we remove this scourge of human trafficking in Jamaica,” Minister Chuck said.

Jamaica has recorded significant achievements in its efforts to combat the phenomena through the development of a robust TIP system.

To date, the country has secured four convictions through human trafficking legislation. Additional achievements include the establishment of specialised units within the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the development of a Victim Management

Guideline along with a Victim Protection Protocol to guide officials in treating with victims of trafficking. Other developments include the formulation of a memorandum of understanding to facilitate data sharing, and standard operating procedures to guide the police, health officials and other critical first responders.

In his remarks, Mr. Pouezat noted that the 2016 United States Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report has upgraded Jamaica to Tier 2 on the watch list in recognition of the Jamaican Government’s increased efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers. Common trafficking offences in Jamaica include sex trafficking and forced labour overseas of adults and children.

Jamaica also achieved a historic milestone in anti-TIP efforts in the appointment of its first National Rapporteur on trafficking in persons.

A Tier 2 ranking indicates that the country is making important strides in tackling human trafficking and is well on its way to full compliance with international human trafficking laws and standards.

Among the initiatives employed locally to combat trafficking in persons are public awareness campaigns, training of police officers, judges magistrates and diplomats and sensitisation directed at migrant farm workers and tourism industry stakeholders.