National Rapporteur says enhanced security measures in 2018/19 helped to disrupt human trafficking bases

by December 3rd, 2020

The National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons is reporting that the enhanced security measures which were in place across the island in 2018/19, helped in disrupting the stability of locations used as bases for human trafficking in Jamaica.


The finding was made public in a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday (December 1).


The report also indicated that the Constabulary Force heightened anti-human trafficking activities in the 2018/19 period, having conducted 32 raids compared to 16 in the previous year.


10 raids were conducted in St. Andrew Central, 6 in St. Ann, 5 in St. James, 2 each in the Kingston East, Westmoreland and St. Catherine South police divisions, and 1 each in the Trelawny, Kingston west, St. Catherine North, Kingston Central, and St. Thomas divisions.


During the period April 2018 to March 2019, a total of six victims of human trafficking were rescued.


The victims age in range from 15 to 29 years, with one of them being a Chinese national, that was the victim of transnational trafficking.


A conviction was obtained in the case of the Chinese woman.


Speaking on the findings highlighted in the report, National Rapporteur, Diahann Gordon Harrison said the hotspots for trafficking in Jamaica have largely remained the same, with locations in Montego Bay, St. James, Runaway Bay in St. Ann, Ripon road, Kingston and Portmore in St. Catherine.


She explained that with States of Emergency and Zones of Special Operations implemented across the country in 2018/19, some trafficking activities were disrupted.



While there was a decline in the number of suspected trafficking cases reported to the authorities, Mrs. Gordon Harrison said this is not necessarily indicative of a decline in actual cases.






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