A greater push is to be made, especially among children, to educate people about how to help in the fight against human trafficking.
The National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) is to intensify and broaden its public education campaign as it works to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking.
Members gave the commitment at a meeting held on Wednesday, September 4, at the Ministry of National Security in Kingston. Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang, who addressed the stakeholders at the meeting, said that increased focus must be placed on the youth, including school children.
“They are the victims of human trafficking and the children often know what is happening to their friends and they will report it if they understand more about human trafficking,” he said.
Dr. Chang said that churches and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica have also been identified as groups that should be targeted as part of the island-wide campaign.
He noted that work in already underway in the public sector.
A four-day training workshop commenced on September 5 at the Ministry of Tourism involving trainers under the Team Jamaica programme.
Manager of the Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Chenee Russell, said that the public education campaign is critical in sensitising citizens about how and where they can report the crime and suspicious activities.