2012-01-01

Jamaica Combats Human Trafficking

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The Government of Jamaica spent approximately $15 million during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years to support victims and pass more legislation to combat trafficking in people.

The U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report notes that the country is a source, transit point, and destination for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. The document highlights the progress made in the protection of trafficking victims during the reporting period.

The minister of state in the Jamaica Ministry of National Security, St. Aubyn Bartlett, said that while the main piece of legislation already in effect is the Trafficking in Persons Act of 2007, the government continues to provide subsidiary laws. Despite limited resources, free legal, medical and psychological services are offered to victims of human trafficking.

Sources: Jamaica Observer, South Florida Caribbean News

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