Justice Minister promises to stomp out human trafficking


November 11, 2016
Delroy Chuck

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck says despite gains by various agencies, there will be no ease in the fight against the trafficking of humans.

According to Chuck, both the prosecution arm of the State and police investigators have been making strides to send the "right signal" to make the activity a thing of the past in Jamaica.

"We have successfully prosecuted a number of persons who are engaged in human trafficking, and the police are determined to remove the scourge of human trafficking," he said, while speaking at a workshop at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday.

The event was organised by the National Task force Against Trafficking in Persons (NTFATP), and held under the theme 'Understanding Human Trafficking, Supporting Victims'.

Chuck pointed out that human trafficking is the third most lucrative criminal enterprise in the world, and persons involved have the means to corrupt law-enforcement officers and the criminal-justice system.

"Even though our institutions and systems are improving, big money can undermine different arms of the State apparatus that have responsibility for the safety, security and protection of Jamaicans," he said.

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