Jamaica Govt. committed to tackling human trafficking: Campbell

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Leslie Campbell, said that the Jamaican Government is committed to clearing the country of the crime of human trafficking.

Jamaica: State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Leslie Campbell, said that the Jamaican Government is committed to clearing the country of the crime of human trafficking.

He made this statement during a virtual Jamaica Diaspora Round Table on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) on Thursday (March 11).

Campbell said, “considerable” gains have already been made in tackling the issue.”

These include establishing the legal framework to guarantee that perpetrators of human trafficking are held accountable & survivors are compensated, protected including reintegrated safely into society.

“We have built a national referral mechanism. With the performance of the National Taskforce Against Human Trafficking (NATFATIP), we are strengthening Jamaica’s legislative, institutional including operational capacity to fight TIP,” Mr. Campbell said.

He remarked that the National Trafficking in Persons Policy presents “a comprehensive framework within which the Government can conceptualise, implement, also monitor to evaluate its actions to abolish human trafficking in Jamaica.”

Mr. Campbell said, further, that the Government, through the NATFATIP & the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP), is raising public awareness about the crime and how persons can recognize a possible victim.

The State Minister says that there is also a TIP manual for the Foreign Ministry’s staff & its high commissions, embassies & consulates general, and sensitization sessions are held on an intermittent basis to enhance the knowledge & awareness of personnel about human trafficking.

Mr. Campbell said that the Diaspora Round Table is an essential part of the sensitization process.

“We hope that it will lead to the collaboration with the Government to help our fellow residents in overseas territories who may be unfortunate sufficient to get caught in the TIP trap,” he added.

The session was led by Chair, Global People Workgroup & Global Jamaica Diaspora Council Northeast USA Representative, Dr. Karren Dunkley & Chair, Prevention Committee of the NATFATIP, Audrey Budhi.

Members included members of the NATFATIP, the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council & the Jamaican Diaspora community.

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