CTUSAB EAGER TO CAJOLE USA THAT BARBADOS IS NOT INVOLVED IN TRADE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Barbados was among 10 Caribbean Islands to participate in the just concluded Workshop/ Technical Meeting on Human Trafficking held in Lima, Peru, 11-12 September 2013.
In addition to Barbados, representatives were drawn from Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Workshop/Technical Meeting which addressed the subject of ‘Strategic Coordination between Government and Civil Society for the Comprehensive Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Persons was hosted by the Organization of American States.
The Workshop/Technical Meeting featured a number of presentations which focused on The Trafficking of Persons within the Latin America-Caribbean region and India.
Coming out of the discussions, CTUSAB recognizes the need for greater attention to be paid to the issue of Trafficking of Persons, as it pertains to prevention, arrest and prosecution and the protection of victims. CTUSAB is also mindful of the fact that in the main, those who are victims are usually migrant workers.
CTUSAB urges all relevant government agencies and local NGO’s to collaborate in developing educational and awareness programmes, in order to sensitize the public about the scourge of Trafficking in Persons.
Considering that three out of every one thousand inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean are victims of Human Trafficking, CTUSAB calls for enhanced vigilance as it relates to the trafficking of persons in Barbados.
Given the global nature of the problem of Trafficking in Persons, CTUSAB is fully in support of the recommendation tabled at the Workshop, that there should be an Inter-American Declaration against Human Trafficking.
As Barbados works to rebuild its economy by attracting foreign direct investment, and by building and maintaining its image as a preferred tourist destination, CTUSAB views that every effort must be made to eliminate the down-grading of the Island to either the level of Tier two (2) or Tier three (3) on the US Department Watch List on Trafficking in Persons.
CTUSAB suggest that the local authorities give consideration to establishing a Counter Trafficking Unit, similar to that which has been established in the sister Island of Trinidad and Tobago.