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Thursday, August 04, 2005 - The attention of Caribbean nations is again being directed to the growing issue of Human Trafficking. The latest forum staged to discuss strategies for mitigating the proliferation of human trafficking took place in Miami recently. The International Organization for Migration hosted a special seminar comprising parties from some twenty Caribbean and South American countries.

One of St. Lucia’s two representatives was Director of the Upton Gardens Girls Centre Miss Prisca St. Paul. Ms. St. Paul said the recent observance of Emancipation Day on August 1st, should encourage citizens at all levels to develop an awareness of and sensitivity for victims trapped in this illegal activity.

The gender relations department here really is the key agency dealing with the human trafficking issue. I have been working along with them on the matter and we are putting in a proposal to have an initial training on the matter with community people who are front –line workers who may see evidence of things like that going on in their communities, St. Paul said.”

The United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children entered into force on the 25th of December, 2003.

The protocol is designed to strengthen and enhance international cooperation in order to prevent and combat trafficking in persons and to improve protection and assistance for victims of trafficking.

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