The latest US Department of State Trafficking in Persons report has revealed, that some Jamaican police officers allegedly facilitated or participated in sex trafficking.
The 2021 report also revealed, that there was no investigation, prosecution, or conviction of government employees complicit in trafficking offenses.
According to the report, 42 potential sex trafficking cases were investigated and one labor trafficking case, compared to 41 potential sex trafficking cases and two labor trafficking cases investigated in the previous reporting period.
Eight trafficking victims were formally identified, all through calls to a government hotline.
Of the eight victims, 7 are girls and one is a young woman.
The report noted that many children are reported as missing in Jamaica and that some of them were exploited by traffickers for forced labor or sex trafficking.
It further stated that the criminal justice process, and fear of reprisal further dis–incentivized victims from reporting cases or participating in trials.
The report found that, while the Jamaican government does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, it is making significant efforts to do so and for another year has ranked at tier 2, which is the second highest level in terms of good performance.
The US has recommended that Jamaica increases its efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers, including officials who are complicit in human trafficking and foreign tourists or Jamaicans, who purchase commercial sex acts from child trafficking victims.