(PRESS RELEASE) – As the festive season unfolds, the Department of Home Affairs and National Security is calling on the public to practice heightened personal and public safety against the backdrop of increased social activities during the festive season. Also highlighting personal safety to the citizenry is the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons Task Force, which falls under the auspices of the Department of Home Affairs and National Security.
Chairperson of the Task Force Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey noted that the dynamics of Trafficking in Persons is strongly linked to vulnerabilities such as financial hardship, unemployment, or in some cases parental neglect and abandonment.
“Those who are not very fortunate may feel pressured to take unnecessary risks. Several people are also traveling during this time of year. Therefore, we want to appeal to the public, particularly young adults, to be vigilante and self-aware at all times. If possible help to sensitize another person to also practice increased caution,” explained the Chairperson of the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons Task Force Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey, who added that sensitization efforts will continue in the new year.”
Trafficking In Persons involves an act committed for the purpose of exploiting someone’s labour or services. Victims are compelled to provide their labour or services under circumstances which are forced, unsafe inhumane, and illegal.
The Trafficking In Persons 24 – hour toll free number is 847. The public is encouraged to call the hotline number should they feel endangered by traffickers or if they suspect that someone else is being subjected to this crime. For more information on Trafficking In Persons, please visit the website www.antitraffickingslu.org. In the Meantime, the Task Force for the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons, under the auspices of the Department of Home Affairs and National Security last month convened a Task Force meeting to officially mark the commencement of the new triennium.