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JCF partners with key groups to tackle human trafficking

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) partnered with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Fi-Wi Jamaica Project and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch a three-day Prosecutors' Human Trafficking Training Seminar last Friday.

The objective of the seminar was to inform and train prosecutors with the knowledge and skills to effectively perform their role in convicting individuals involved in human trafficking crimes.

The JCF in a release said that this was a continuation of the Fi-Wi Jamaica Project and the work of the JCF's Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) which has been ongoing for approximately three years.

Human Trafficking as defined in the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, 2007 (amended in 2013) is a “transnational crime and its primary objective is to gain profit through the exploitation of human beings. The Act seeks to combat trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, who are being exploited in any way sexually, compelled to provide forced labour or who are being kept in a state of slavery or servitude.”

Director of the project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton commended Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Carl Berry and CTOC for the support of the project's mandate over the years.

DSP Berry focused on the international concept of human trafficking, the investigative process and how critical the Police's job becomes from the inception of a case to the prosecution procedure.

Rebecca Robinson of the USAID stated that improvements are needed as it relates to the handling of human trafficking cases, hence the training is critical to Jamaica's standards.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer mentioned four essential concepts to tackle heinous crimes, which includes prosecution, prevention, protection and partnership.

She urged that attention must be paid to social media as it is a very serious forum to garner information; hence one must become social media smart.

Trafficking, according to Palmer is on the rise with evasive violations, which happens where it is least expected.

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