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Amended Trafficking in Persons Act passed today

Published:Friday | July 19, 2013 | 5:56 PM

The Senate today passed the amended Trafficking in Persons Act with Justice Minister Mark Golding declaring the law will allow the police to more effectively prosecute those involved in the activity.



Golding also said the tougher penalties included in the Act will serve as a deterrent for persons thinking of engaging in human trafficking.



He also said the amended law was only one of a range of measures to be undertaken by the Jamaican Government to address this growing international concern.



The amendments were passed in the House of Representatives last week.



The maximum prison term under the existing act is being doubled, moving from 10 years to 20 years.



The bill also proposes that the court be empowered to add a further 10 years to the sentence of persons convicted of trafficking in persons after taking certain circumstances into account.



Trafficking in persons is the exploitation of persons for the purpose of prostitution, or compelling or causing a person to provide forced labour, or keeping a person in a state of slavery or servitude.



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