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A historic first - Port Antonio High set to officially launch Anti-Human Trafficking Club

PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Port Antonio High School is set to create history as the first school in the island to establish a Anti-Human Trafficking Club targeting Grades 10 and 11 students.

The school is being assisted in the establishment of the club by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Carl Berry who is the head of the Anti-Human Trafficking unit within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

INTERPOL OPERATION RESCUES HUNDREDS OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

"As law enforcement officers it is our duty to combat human trafficking, especially when children are involved.”

An INTERPOL operation rescued 216 men, women and children who were trafficked into forced labor in Benin and Nigeria in April.

During Operation Epervier II, about 100 officers in two countries carried raids and identity checks at markets, airports, seaports and in settlements.

'Smallville' Actress Pleads Guilty To Charges Relating To Sex Trafficking Case

(CNN)Actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering relating to her alleged role in a sex trafficking case.

John Marzulli, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York confirmed Mack's plea, which was entered Monday.

As part of her guilty plea, Mack admitted to state law extortion and forced labor.

Attorneys for Mack did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kent Chicken Catcher Bosses Exploited Lithuanian Workers

The bosses of 11 men trafficked from Lithuania and employed to catch chickens should be held liable for their treatment, the High Court ruled.

Darrell Houghton and Jacqueline Judge, of DJ Houghton Catching Services in Kent, knowingly exploited the workers, the court found. They denied liability.

The group worked more hours than they were paid for, and were not given adequate living and working conditions.

Compensation for the men will be assessed at a later date.

Trafficking in Persons Action Plan Gets Nod from Cabinet

The Government of Jamaica’s National Plan of Action 2018-2021 for combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP), has been approved by Cabinet.

This is contained in a Ministry Paper on Cabinet agenda issues, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently.

According to the document, the National Action Plan provides the strategic framework for Jamaica’s response to human trafficking over a four-year period.

US, Jamaica Launch Child Protection Compact Partnership Activities

Government officials from the United States (US) and Jamaica met last week in Kingston to launch activities in support of the US-Jamaica Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership.

The partnership, signed in May 2018 by Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and US Chargé d’Affaires, Eric Khant, is a jointly-developed, four-year plan to enhance the efforts of the Jamaican government and civil society to combat child trafficking. This is the first such partnership in the Caribbean and the fourth in the world.

Multi-National Approach Needed to Fight Human Trafficking

Professor Pati was delivering the distinguished lecture on human trafficking held recently at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), St. Andrew.

She noted that nations must be willing to work together to achieve the mutual goal of eliminating human trafficking globally.

“Nation States must have the willingness to go to the table at the United Nations, right now, when the efforts are being made to have a binding document; a treaty,” she said.

Human Trafficking Task Force Seeks 10,000 Volunteers

The National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (NATFATIP) is seeking 10,000 volunteers to aid in the fight against the scourge in Jamaica.

“We’re looking for volunteers and anti-human trafficking champions in Jamaica at all levels – churches, communities, youth clubs and places of business – to join this ‘whole of country’ fight against trafficking in persons,” said Chair of the NATFATIP Prevention Subcommittee, Sandra Graham.

Ahead of Super Bowl 2019, 33 arrested on sex trafficking charges in Atlanta

Authorities say four victims have already been rescued.

ATLANTA — Authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta on sex trafficking charges ahead of the Super Bowl.

Homeland Security Investigations Agent Nick Annan tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the arrests happened this week, but declined to discuss case specifics due to ongoing investigations.

Jamaica making progress in curbing trafficking in persons — Secretariat

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Manager of the Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Chenee Russell, says Jamaica continues to make great strides in curbing trafficking in Jamaica.

According to Russell, the country continues to increase its efforts to raise awareness through the development of robust trafficking in person systems.

Speaking at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's 'Labour Department and You' road show in St James recently, Russell said the Government continues to strengthen the legislative framework to tackle the crime in Jamaica.