A Trafficking in Persons curriculum is to be implemented in schools this September.

That’s according to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer. Ms. Palmer is also the Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons. The curriculum was handed over to the Ministry of Education in November last year.

Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Palmer said the curriculum will be introduced in grades six to nine. The task force intends to develop curricula for other age groups. The curriculum module seeks to increase awareness among students and teachers about Trafficking in Persons as a transnational crime.

The announcement comes following this week’s report of the US State Department that maintained Jamaica on its Tier Two Watch List. The US State Department says the Jamaican government hasn’t done enough to comply with the minimum standards to eliminate trafficking.

The International Labour Organization estimates that up to 1.2-million children are trafficked each year, with almost half of that number representing children from Latin America and the Caribbean.