Friday 6 December, 2019

Home Affairs Dept focuses on modern slavery

The Department of Home Affairs and National Security has welcomed the platform offered through the observance of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to remind the public of this emerging form of Modern Slavery.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was recognized worldwide yesterday, July 30, 2019. Chairperson of the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons Task Force and Permanent Secretary in the Department of Home Affairs and National Security Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey highlighted that the Government of Saint Lucia supports the appeal made by the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres. 

The UN Secretary General in his remarks to oppose this crime said that it is the duty of every country to stamp out the exploitation of people for profit. “On this World Day against   Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives,” The UN Secretary General says.

“In relation to Trafficking In Persons we at the Department of Home Affairs and National Security would like the public to know it, see it and report it- which is the slogan for our ongoing public relations campaign. We launched the campaign in January and public service announcements had been running on the media and NTN for the past several months. We urge people to increase their own awareness on Trafficking In Persons by going on the internet to read more about this form of modern slavery.  We also have the Human Trafficking Facebook Page which contains a wealth of information on the issue,” the Permanent Secretary explains.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Dr. Cadelia Lane Ambrose also highlights the Trafficking In Persons Hotline 847. The hotline has been installed for the reporting of potential cases of Human Trafficking. “Victims or persons who observe this crime in progress or are aware of a potential case should call the 847 hotline and report the information to the Police.” The Permanent Secretary says. Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs and National Security is working assiduously to launch a brand new website to provide the public with more access to information on this crime.

Communications Officer Ms. Claudia Monlouis said on Monday: “We are currently working closely with the website developer on completing this initiative. The public can also look forward to hearing from us again very soon. We have a lot of ideas that we want to undertake so that we can keep everyone sensitized and interested. Trafficking In Persons is a very dangerous activity and we need people to always be on the alert.”

The US State Department has ranked the island at Tier Two in 2018 and 2019 respectively for its tremendous strides in addressing the scourge of Trafficking In Persons at the local level.

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