Department Of Home Affairs Urges Vigilance Against Human Trafficking

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Saint Lucia’s Department of Home Affairs, asserting that human trafficking is ‘very real’ has called on everyone to be on guard.

The call came Friday as the Department welcomed news of the safe return of missing 15-year-old Darlene Piltie, a student of the Micoud Secondary School.

At the same time, it added its voice to the call for the safe return of 16-year-old Haillie Davy, a student of the same institution.

However, the Department of Home Affairs made it clear that it was unable at this point to issue any statements that would constitute or describe the cases of the missing teenage girls as incidents of human trafficking.

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“The Department would be acting prematurely to make such linkages as investigations are still very active in the two matters that have been in the public domain recently,” the release observed.

It urged citizens to continue to prioritise the best interest of women and girls and, in so doing, to protect them, support and respect them and teach them to be vigilant against society’s ills.

According to the Department of Home Affairs, traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and to force them into labour or commercial sexual exploitation.

It said there’s data indicating that traffickers commonly target people who are vulnerable in various ways, be it emotionally, psychologically, socially, or those facing economic hardship.

It noted that under the Counter-Trafficking (Amendment Act) No. 3 of 2021, a person who engages in, attempts to engage in or organizes or directs another person to engage in trafficking in persons, commits an offence and is liable on conviction upon indictment to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. While human trafficking is real and have been for several years. We need to begin to educate our youth from the home. We need to teach them to be grateful for the basic needs of life ..shelter, food and clothing. We also need to instill that they should not be envious of others and they should not live life based on images in social media. We also need to let them know that they are beautiful and Gods unique creation and they should not want to be someone else.
    Don’t try to imitate anyone and live within your means. I’ll gotten gains comes at a price ..you should not use your body for things ….deception is real.
    My grand mother use to say “eat little and live long”
    “Live fast and die young” we all have choices ..use wisdom and make wise decisions.
    To those who have a demon of a pedophile ..pray for deliverance and leave young girls alone. To the young girls live married men alone and do not engage for money 💰 cell phone etc.

  2. Why haven’t we heard from any of the social media ministers? Frederick is always on fb and used it well to highlight the shortcomings of the previous white massa. Where is Hillaire? Chastanet? Emma? Alvina pearls? Even FAGdius from red unlimited should be allowed to say a few words too. SLP is making the same mistake that uwp did….

  3. Males are just as vulnerable. Safeguard our children not just females. Speak out anonymously if you notice suspicious activities in your area.

    • Exactly!!! Policy makers continue to disregard the protection of males in society, and then pretend to care about their nonproductivity/counterproductivity

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