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Justice Minister wants judges alone to try human trafficking cases

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:06 PM
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the government is committed to tackling human trafficking and implementing measures to curb this crime.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says changes are coming to the law to allow human trafficking cases to be tried by a judge alone.

Currently, these matters are heard by a judge and a jury.

Chuck says there is need to further strengthen the law to convict perpetrators.

He points out that during a recent human trafficking trial it was discovered that someone attempted to interfere with the jury.

The justice minister says arising from that incident the Director of Public Prosecutions recommended that the law be amended.

He says the matter is now before Cabinet and he expects to bring amendments to the Parliament soon.

 

Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck

Chuck reiterated that the government is committed to tackling human trafficking and implementing measures to curb this crime. 

The Justice Minister was speaking at human trafficking forum in St Andrew this morning.