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February 4, 2014
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Cops rescue 41 human trafficking victims

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is making strides in the fight against human trafficking, with more than 41 victims rescued by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit to date.

Deputy Commissioner Carl Williams said 27 of the victims were rescued within the last two years. He informed that seven cases are before the courts and 28 under investigation, four of which involve transnational investigations.

DCP Williams, addressing the opening ceremony for a four-day TIP training seminar on Thursday, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, St Ann, credited the achievements to the collaborative efforts of the JCF's various units and the 'vibrant partnership' with agencies, locally and overseas.

He noted that gains made have resulted in Jamaica being upgraded from the United States State Department's Tier 2 watch list to Tier 2.

DCP Williams said the TIP Unit, set up in 2005, is taking a zero-tolerance approach to the scourge of human trafficking, which he described as modern-day slavery.

Williams said human trafficking is valued at US$32 billion per annum and is regarded by the United Nations as one of the fastest -growing transnational organised criminal activities in the world.

The seminar, which ended on Sunday, is the second such forum organised by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP).

It involves several persons from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), clerks of court, crown counsels, resident magistrates, judges and members of the police force.

NATFATIP was established in June 2005 as a multi-agency approach to enhance national capacity and develop and implement Jamaica's legislative, institutional and operational response for combating trafficking in persons.

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