Gov't establishes shelter for human trafficking victims
The Government has established a shelter for the care and protection of victims of human trafficking, as part of initiatives to address issues relating to the crime in Jamaica.
The National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons says the shelter, which was recently refurbished, can accommodate 10 persons.
It says it is seeking to identify other emergency locations in the event of cases involving large numbers of persons.
The task force says between April last year and March 2013, the police conducted 213 raids in establishments across the island and 23 human trafficking victims were rescued.
It says a number of those cases are now before the courts.
On Wednesday, Jamaica was upgraded from the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2.
The adjustment is contained in the State Department’s 2013 Trafficking in Persons report.
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