Gov't to train 15,000 people to detect human trafficking
The Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has announced that the Government will be training 15,000 people over 15 months to detect and report human trafficking and other human rights violations.
Human trafficking, described as modern-day slavery, is the removal of people from one place or another through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of labour or sexual exploitation.
According to Chuck, the Government is determined to remove the possibility of trafficking victims in Jamaica and that’s why it's empowering citizens.
In Jamaica, the problem of human trafficking has been gaining increased attention.
IN PHOTO: Research and gender expert, Dr Leith Dunn
In its 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, the United States Department of State ranked Jamaica at Tier Two.
This means Jamaica does not fully comply with the minimum standards for anti-trafficking, but is making significant efforts to do so.
According to researcher and gender specialist, Dr Leith Dunn, girls remain the must vulnerable group to trafficking especially while they are on holiday from schools.
Dunn and Chuck were speaking in Kingston last evening at the premiere of the human trafficking film 'Sold' as part of the activities for Human Trafficking Week.
- Damion Mitchell