Palmer Defends Jamaica’s Human Trafficking Record Following Damning US State Department Report


Chairperson of the National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons, Carol Palmer, is continuing to defend Jamaica’s efforts in combating human trafficking.

The 2019 Trafficking in Person report notes that while Jamaica has made significant efforts, the government has not fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking. It ranked Jamaica at its tier 2 level.

In reacting to the US State Department report, Mrs Palmer said it was grossly unfair.

She’s also taking issue with a comments contained in the report that Jamaica is not providing adequate incentives for victims to testify in court.

Mrs Palmer says Jamaica doesn’t want to receive a tier three ranking.

Carol Palmer, Chairperson of the National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.

In the meantime, Head of the Constabulary’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit, Deputy Superintendent of Police Carl Berry, says while only two perpetrators were convicted last year, there are several cases before the courts.

Deputy Superintendent Carl Berry, Head of the Constabulary’s Anti- Trafficking in Persons Unit.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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