Saint Lucia made few discernible efforts to prevent trafficking: US report

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Saint Lucia made few discernible efforts to prevent trafficking: US report
Lambirds Academy students who were trafficked to Saint Lucia.
Lambirds Academy students who were trafficked to Saint Lucia.
Lambirds Academy students who were trafficked to Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucia remains under the US State Department’s Tier 2 Watch List for its anti-human trafficking efforts, making it the fifth consecutive year in that category.

In its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the US acknowledged that Saint Lucia has made significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but does not fully comply.

Overall, the US report said Saint Lucia made a few “discernible efforts” to prevent trafficking.

The issue involving dozens of foreign nationals from Nepal, India and the Philippines being trafficked here, was highlighted in the report.

While the report noted that an inter-agency anti-trafficking task force was activated to deal with this issue, it said concerns arose about a lack of coordination among agencies and with NGOs.

It highlighted the fact that the government investigated and charged four men with potential trafficking, internet fraud, and money laundering crimes involving the Asian youth.

“This represents an increase from the previous year when it did not initiate any investigations nor charge any trafficking defendants,” the report stated.

The government did not report prosecuting or convicting any traffickers or public officials complicit in trafficking in the past four years.

The US report also said officials provided ongoing assistance to four previously identified sex trafficking victims and trained relevant professionals on trafficking.

It was also highlighted that Saint Lucia remains a source and destination country for persons subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.

“Legal and illegal immigrants from the Caribbean and South Asia, especially those working in domestic service, are the groups most vulnerable to human trafficking,” the report said.

The report further states that there are indications of internal prostitution of St. Lucian children, third-party prostitution of children under 18 is a form of human trafficking.

It was also noted that foreign women in prostitution are also vulnerable to sex trafficking.

According to police and NGOs, pimps, strip club operators, and brothel owners are the most likely sex trafficking perpetrators in Saint Lucia.

The report said, “St. Lucian citizens are subjected to trafficking in the United Kingdom and other Caribbean countries. Off duty police officers sometimes provided security for sex trade establishments.”

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  1. Send them monkeys back quickly there are boats sailing from Asia to the Caribbean send them back . If it was their country we would have been sent back !

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  2. If St. Lucia is on their Tier 2 list, then the US must head the Tier 1 list! Point your index finger at me; there's 3 fingers pointing back at you!

    Those who are privy to the details of the lists, is there anything on them which highlights the US normal operations of rendering anyone they don't like to complicit countries for torture, especially since Guantanamo has been under such close scrutiny?

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  3. I'M SO FEDUP WITH THE USA INTERFERING WITH OUR AFFAIRS...WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME...USA, AID ST.LUCIA WITH SOME GOODIES FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERLY....ALL UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN DOING IS PUTTING CONFUSION, HURT AND EMBRASSING ST. LUCIA..FROM TOP TO BOTTOM...TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN AFFAIRS AMERICA...AND THIS TO SHALL COME TO PASS...

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  4. This is nothing to sneeze at. The Government has known of these activities long time ago. But for political reasons, said nothing, did nothing, disturb nothing, but when both the U.K. and U.S. raised the subject of human trafficking and child sex exploitation, people begin to say it is because of membership in ALBA. I'm not sure, but don't tell me that the Government is not complicit in the dirty affairs of these allegations. I don't know a damn thing about ALBA and I don't care, but I was very alarmed when I read St.Lucia borrowed money from, of all places, MEXICO, To build roads? what hit me is, where the hell is the Mexico government getting that kind of money to LEND to anyone to do anything. THINK ABOUT IT.

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  5. I am not surprise, St. Lucia government is very corrupt. It is not what you know but who you know! Ripping poor people off to maintain their high-profile crimes....discussing.

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  6. I hardly think that the US is in a position to be sticking their nose in anyone's business . They have enough in their own backyard to fix! But this is what happens when St. Lucia government airs it's dirty laundry in public. What de ass did they need police from a corrupt and crime ridden country like Jamaica come and investigate our police? What message are you sending? Why did it take so long to resolve the Lamburda issue? These students are atill here and telling the world about out country! Shame ahame!

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  7. Its alarming to hear our off duty police officers will provide security for sex trade establishments. Mr. commissioner that is very disturbing. That should never happen. Imagine just for an extra dollar our police officers are prostituting themselves like that.Who is responsible for law and order in this country? Complete shame!

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    • Sorry, there are no laws in St. Lucia, it's not what you know, but who you know. The government is very corrupt.

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  8. okay its not about unlawful killings this time. the us is now squezzing st lucia in all area because of the govement decission to join ALBA. since when the us was so intrested in what goes on in st lucia.

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  9. As far as I can remember, the US resused to include the RSLPF in their seminars and training in human trafficking. So, why now all the bullshit? pointing fingers.

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  10. Woooow! That's serious! St. Lucia is in serious shit and all people seem to care about is politics. Every1 needs to work together to rebuild our reputation

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