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Trafficking in Persons curriculum for schools come September

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 9:39 AM

A Trafficking in Persons (TIP) curriculum is to be implemented in schools this September.

The curriculum was handed over to the Ministry of Education last November, by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons.

Chairman of the task force, Carol Palmer, says the curriculum will be introduced in grades six through nine.

The curriculum is intended to create increased sensitivity among students and teachers about Trafficking in Persons as a transnational crime.

Other components of the module will help students to identify victims of human trafficking as well as reduce their susceptibility to being trafficked.

Palmer says the taskforce intends to extend the programme to students from the basic to tertiary level in the future.

The International Labour Organization estimates that up to 1.2 million children are trafficked each year, with almost half of that number representing children from Latin America and the Caribbean.