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Children and Youth Warned to Guard Against Online Human Trafficking Recruiters

THE Chairperson of the Task Force on Trafficking in Persons Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey in the Department of Home Affairs and National Security has highlighted that children and young persons should particularly be taught about the crime of Trafficking in Persons.

Traffickers are known to misuse the internet and new technologies to broaden their reach in recruiting unsuspecting children and young adults for sexual exploitation such as involuntary prostitution, also forced labour, pornography and organ harvesting.

The Permanent Secretary was at the time reflecting on the recent international occasioning of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which was marked on Monday, July 30, 2018.

“The Department of Home Affairs and National Security where the human trafficking secretariat sits, remains committed to meeting our mandate and definitely the Government of Saint Lucia accepts and will continue to support the UN’s call to action.”

The call to action selected by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is: “Let us act now to protect and assist trafficking victims”.

The Department is also promoting the four “Ps” of the global mission to end Human Trafficking. The four Ps are Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership and are set at the core of Saint Lucia’s Human Trafficking work programme.

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