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Jamaica Tier Two on Trafficking in Persons Report

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:38 AM

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US Department of State has ranked Jamaica at Tier Two for its efforts to fight human trafficking in 2016.

The ranking signifies an increasing effort to eliminate trafficking but a failure to meet minimum standards.

The report, which was released yesterday, states that the Jamaican government did not hold officials who were complicit in trafficking responsible; that it did not publish a protocol for victim protection; and that it failed to publish an annual report on how it is dealing with trafficking.

However, it says Jamaica’s Rapporteur on Human Trafficking plans to release a report in 2017.

The report calls for Jamaica to, among other things, allocate more funding to the national action plan on human trafficking, continue to support victims and educate the public, and following the National Rapporteur’s mandate to investigate reports of human trafficking.

In 2016, two people were convicted of trafficking in Jamaica.

Forty new trafficking cases were investigated in 2016, up from 30 the previous year, and a higher number of victims were confirmed.

The report emphasises the importance of fighting trafficking in Jamaica, stating that the country is and has been a source and destination country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.