WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Human trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of people. It can include, but does not require, movement of people. Individuals may be trafficking victims regardless of whether they once consented. Examples of human trafficking include: prostituting a child under 18 (children under 18 cannot consent to being in prostitution); coercing adults into prostitution; or forced labour, such as forcing another person to work as a domestic worker, agricultural worker, or to beg. For the legal definition click here.
If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking, or suspect that you know of a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions: REFERRAL INFORMATION
This Resource Library supports the work of the Jamaica Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP). Jamaica’s National Rapporteur is Diahann Gordon-Harrison, who also serves as the Children’s Advocate (see photo on the left.)
ONRTIP’s core functions include:
1. Creating a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country.
2. The authority to obtain from the relevant authorities, including the Director of Public Prosecutions and the TIP Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, any information necessary to carry out her stated duties.
3. Conducting independent examinations/investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises.
4. Reporting on violations, wherever they may occur, of the rights of victims, as well as discrimination, threats or use of violence, harassment, intimidation or reprisals directed at persons exercising these rights.
5. Providing an analytical overview of the situation in trafficking in an annual report to the Government of Jamaica.
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