I congratulate the National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) for hosting this Conference, and in doing so raising Jamaica’s profile in the Regional and International community as a global partner in the fight against Human Trafficking. This Conference comes on the heels of the launch of the UN Blue Heart Campaign in March of this year. Together these steps represent Jamaica’s unquestioned commitment to the global effort to eradicate Modern Slavery.

The transactional nature of the crime requires intervention that transcends national borders. In this respect, a credible national effort could not be advanced without securing global partnerships, in addition to collaboration at the Regional and International levels.

This two day conference is a platform that supports Jamaica’s overall government approval to eradicate Human Trafficking. I look forward to the outcomes of this important International Conference as the country seeks to improve our effectiveness in the treatment of victims and raise public awareness at all levels of society.