Press Release:- After conducting extensive inquiries into the veracity of a voice note which cited attempted kidnappings of young women and girls across the island, the Department of Home Affairs has not been able to identify any empirical evidence supporting these claims.
The voice note which has apparently gone into wide circulation, makes reference to frequent cases of missing girls.
It also speculates on a probable human trafficking ring that may be posing a threat
to the safety of younger females.
Notwithstanding, the Department of Home Affairs has raised concerns about any possible threats of this nature, and is encouraging the source of the voice note to contact the Police or the Human Trafficking hotline 847, with any information that may assist in addressing the occurrence of such offenses.
The Department of Home Affairs continues to remind the public to be on guard for the red flags that may signal an act of Human Trafficking is in progress.
Often times a hidden crime, the telltale signs of Human Trafficking include someone taking advantage of a position of vulnerability of another through coercion, threats, beatings, restraint of movement and communication, forced labour, the prostitution of one’s person, child pornography, internet grooming and commercial sexual exploitation.
Victims may be sold from one trafficker to another and moved between several
Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation. Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are women and girls, while boys and men account for 29% of victims.
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