Human trafficking, commonly referred to as modern day slavery, is the trade of humans for the purposes of forced labour, sexual slavery or some form of commercial exploitation.
This despicable crime is not new, however, in recent time traffickers have become adept at using the Internet - social media, messaging apps and email platforms - to lure unsuspecting and vulnerable citizens, particularly women and children into a life of slavery and servitude. They tend to use elaborate schemes involving promises of jobs, a better life, friendship and even romance. It is estimated that hundreds of Jamaicans have been victims of human trafficking (National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons – NATFATIP).
How to Protect Yourself from Human Trafficking
How to Identify Potential Victims of Human Trafficking
A victim of human trafficking may:
When faced with a suspected case of human trafficking, be careful in your approach as the victim may be fearful or in danger, and also be tactful, as the person may not be a victim, despite exhibiting some of the signs listed above.
For further information or to report a suspected case of human trafficking, contact the NATFATIP toll free at 888-587-8423 or email: [email protected]
Sources: The Jamaica Information Service and The National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons