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Docu-film highlights JA’s role in human trafficking

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle

Traffic Blocking, a docu-film highlighting Jamaica's role in human trafficking, recently premiered at the Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre in Liguanea. The documentary is a production spearheaded by the Christian-based organisation, the Love March Movement.

In her address to those who turned up at the premiere, Alison Facey, vice-president of the Love March Movement, explained that the organisation felt that it was their duty to assist in educating the public on the harsh realities of human trafficking and how they could best prevent themselves from becoming victims of the trade.

"We consider it our social responsibility to assist in bringing public attention to the reality of human trafficking and encourage policymakers, youth leaders and opinion influencers to create, encourage, advocate for and change [where necessary] policies, regulations and legislation which encourages and facilitates reporting," she said. "Trafficking in persons is recruiting, transporting, transferring or receiving another person for the purpose of exploiting that person by specific unlawful means for the purpose of forced labour, sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude."

She revealed that the Love March Movement was seeking to partner with schools, churches, youth clubs and other community associations to broadcast the documentary and engage in dialogue on the issue. The documentary will be available as a DVD for inclusion in personal development/guidance and counselling packages.

The 30-minute documentary was written and produced by the Love March Movement and features interviews with notable figures including Children's Advocate, Diane Gordon Harrison. To date, 150 copies of the DVD have been printed, with plans to eventually distribute over 2,000 copies. Financial support is being sought to provide complimentary copies of the documentary to all parish libraries and secondary schools within what the organisation considers high-risk areas around the Kingston Metropolitan Area.