Task force on human trafficking created
The Bahamas has established a national task force on trafficking in persons (TIP) as it seeks to enhance its responsiveness to "what is today regarded as one of the most significant and quickly growing illegal criminal activities taking place worldwide".
A statement from the Ministry of National Security described TIP as a "serious violation of human rights, involves a broad range of activities that exploit people for profit, using coercion, force or fraud".
It said sexual exploitation and forced labour are the first and second most common forms of trafficking in persons, and that the majority of trafficking victims are women and girls, as well as children.
The statement said that the national task force is an operational entity and "its representatives will take the action necessary to deal with trafficking matters from the time that a trafficking victim is identified to the time that the trafficker is prosecuted before the courts and any other matters thereafter".