Residents in Antigua and Barbuda are being called upon to join in as the country continues to increase its efforts to monitor and combat trafficking in persons.
World Day against Trafficking in Persons was observed on July 30, 2017.
The Minister of Legal Affairs, Public Safety & labour noted that through educational programs, working closely with stakeholders and monitoring of the movement of people through borders, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, through the Trafficking in Persons Prevention Committee in the Ministry continues to spearhead the national anti-human trafficking efforts. We will forge ahead as we endeavor to raise awareness and educate the public about this heinous crime.
The ministry said it is looking forward to their annual Trafficking in Persons Awareness Week in September, which aims to highlight this crime and encourage our population to play their part in eliminating this global threat. Persons are being encouraged to observe and participate meaningfully in this week of activities and other programs aimed at eliminating human trafficking.
The ministry further called on businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Antiguans and Barbudans to support the national effort, report suspicious activities and spread the word. “We all have a vital role to play in eliminating human trafficking (modern day slavery) in Antigua and Barbuda,” the release said.
World Day against Trafficking in Persons serves to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and the need to identify and protect victims. It also brings to the fore, the requirement to ensure that every person in our society is vigilant, and encourage toreport suspicious activities to prevent and/or curtail the activities of those wishing to promote or encourage the enslavement of other human beings.
The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally, many of whom are thought to be victims of human trafficking forced into labour and sexual exploitation. Recognizing that the change we seek will not come easily, we can draw strength from the movements of the past, as we work together to fight this scourge against humanity
In the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, the Department of State within the United States of America, Antigua and Barbuda was found wanting as it relates to putting measures in place to prevent human trafficking.