Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, NATFATIP, Carol Palmer, is raising concerns about Jamaica’s ranking in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons report, released this month.
The report notes that while Jamaica has made significant efforts, the government has not fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
It says Jamaica remains at a tier two rating, along with several other Caribbean nations.
But, Mrs Palmer says the review is unfair.
She says NATFATIP and other partnering agencies have worked to increase awareness and training in the tourism sector, health facilities, among prosecutors and the police.
But, Mrs Palmer says some non-government advocacy groups will paint a negative picture about the efforts being made, in a bid to seek funding.
Mrs Palmer notes that Jamaica’s anti-human trafficking efforts are faced with many challenges including limited resources, and people’s unwillingness to report cases to the authorities.
She’s imploring her team and other stakeholders, not to be daunted by the review.