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Boost for human trafficking fight

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 10:04 AM

Jamaica’s efforts to fight human trafficking will be boosted tomorrow with the provision of a Trafficking In Persons (TIP) bus to the anti-TIP Intellectual Property (vice squad) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

This will give victims of human trafficking a temporary safe, secure and suitable mobile unit to transport them from locations where they are being abused in victim shelters.

At the same time this is expected to bolster the investigative capacity of the police as they seek to protect victims and bring perpetrators of human trafficking to justice.

In announcing plans to provide the police with the new bus, the justice ministry said, “Jamaica’s persistence in the fight against human trafficking has never faltered”.

The ministry noted that in recent times a number of persons have been hauled before the courts in light of arrests that were previously made.

The latest person to be charged was 34-year-old computer programmer Keron Lucien Watson better known as ‘Shane’ of Providence Heights, Flanker, St James.

Watson was charged with three counts of human trafficking, facilitating trafficking in persons, and living on the earnings of prostitution following a complaint of sexual abuse and exploitation from an 18-year -old Jamaican female student.

He appeared in court in Montego Bay on May 17 when he was remanded and booked to return on June 21.