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Government plans to deal harshly with human traffickers - Palmer

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Several human trafficking cases are to go before the courts over the next few months, as the Government seeks to secure more convictions against perpetrators of the crime.

JIS News is reporting that Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, Carol Palmer, has said the Government intends to deal harshly with persons engaged in human trafficking.

She says the country’s first conviction for human trafficking last month serves as a signal that law enforcers will be going after all perpetrators.

Last month businessman Rajesh Gurunani, who operated garment stores in downtown Kingston and in St Catherine, was found guilty of trafficking in persons, facilitating trafficking in persons, and withholding travel documents between May 2008 and March 2011. 

He was ordered to compensate his victims and pay a fine of $2.4 million.

Palmer says the conviction is a signal of achievement for the nation and she has applauded the efforts of the police and the prosecutors.

She says the task force continues to focus on measures to prevent and combat human trafficking including carrying out public education campaigns.

Palmer says research is also underway to identify hotspots for human trafficking.