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New trafficking in persons curriculum for secondary school students

Published:Sunday | November 23, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Jamaican students in grades 7-9 of secondary schools are to be introduced to a new Trafficking in Person curriculum.



The curriculum was developed by the National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons and seeks to promote greater awareness among students and teachers about human trafficking.



Speaking at the official handing over of the curriculum to the Ministry of Education, Justice Minister Mark Golding pointed to statistics from the International Labour Organization, which show that nearly half of the 1.2 million children trafficked each year are from Latin America and the Caribbean.



Golding says this is an indication that the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the scourge of human trafficking.



As a result, he says the infusion of human trafficking into the curriculum for secondary schools will ensure that over the next few years, every child who comes through the formal education system will be aware of the issue.



The justice minister says this will substantially decrease their vulnerability.



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