Thursday, August 18, 2022

Human Trafficking: Saint Lucia On U.S. Tier Two Watch List

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Saint Lucia has been placed on the Tier Two Watch List in the 2022 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report published by the U.S. Department of State.

The report said the government maintained minimal protection, law enforcement, and prevention efforts regarding human trafficking.

However, the document said the Government of Saint Lucia does not fully meet the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking but is making significant efforts.

It said these efforts included passing an amendment to remove the option for a fine instead of imprisonment.

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The report also pointed to increasing public awareness of the hotline to report trafficking and working with an international partner to investigate a potential child sex trafficking case.

But the publication observed that the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared with the previous reporting period, even considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its anti-trafficking capacity.

In addition, it noted that the government has not initiated a prosecution since 2015 and has never convicted a trafficker.

“The government did not identify any victims for the second consecutive year or report providing any services to victims. The government did not enact or fund a new national action plan (NAP). Therefore Saint Lucia was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List,” the report said.

Among the recommendations the authors of the report made were increasing efforts to identify vulnerable individuals, especially children, migrants, and Cuban medical professionals, screening them for trafficking indicators and referring identified victims to services.

In addition, the authors urged Saint Lucia to investigate, prosecute, convict, and punish perpetrators of sex trafficking and to prescribe penalties for sex trafficking that are commensurate with penalties prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape.

The report observed that the government conducted one trafficking investigation under the Counter-Trafficking (Amendment) Act during the reporting period, compared with none in 2020 and three in 2019.

The TIP report disclosed that the government requested France’s cooperation with the investigation into the ongoing case involving two Saint Lucian children taken to France.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. When are you guys going to wise up to the Empire of Lies?

    Every time US officials and agencies point one finger at any other defenseless vassal state with accusations of criminality, there are 3 other fingers pointing back at them.

    In this case regarding the human trafficking, I notice that St. Lucia has been placed on the Tier 2 watch list, while the US has been incorrectly placed in Tier 1. They actually belong in Tier 3!

    The US wants the world to forget about the sex trafficking of minors by Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein and Les Wexner. They want the world to forget that they did not reveal who the clients of the above-named sex traffickers, in Maxwell’s recent trial. Why? Because those crimes would eventually point to the covert operations of US, UK, and Israeli “intelligence” agencies, who used those female minors as sex slaves for the targeted elite figures of the world on whom they sought to obtain “kompromat” (defined as, compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, discrediting, or manipulating someone, typically for political purposes)!

  2. This is just Karam never throw stones on glass house. Some Lucian’s have took advantage of Guyanese, Trinidadian, Jamaicans locally here. So we shouldn’t be embarrassed that we are placed on tier 2 watch list. We dies do alot if nonsense and get away with it and when others looking and make report we shouldn’t be surprised. It seems however evertime the SLP is in power this situation arise back in early 2002s Kenny had to defend Lucian in Canada because there were an overwhelming Lucian applicant for citizen ship. Fearing homophobic attack and what’s not. I know of a case where a Lucian girl marry a trini guy she left for Canada, never returned. She filled for citizen ship under the selame sex relationship attack

  3. St lucia BEEN had a really bad Drug, gun and human sex trafficking problem since the KDA government! Only now human sex trafficking is significantly on the rise overtaking drugs and guns because it’s quicker and more money than drugs and guns! St lucian mothers watch your young teenage daughters closely and fathers guard your families intensely. Where I live in the United States near the Mexican border there are at least 3 amber alerts that come through citizens cell phones every day alerting of children being kidnapped by UNKNOWN SUSPECTS. Once your kid is being shipped bound into the Mexican border then frere-ah….well cwappo smoke your pipe! Stay vigilent st lucia, these drug cartels are also into the human teenage girl trafficking! THE TRUTH IS SEX REALLY SELLS!!!!

  4. Lambirds kids should be reimbursed that Lambirds owner got away with human trafficking and money laundering! Smph how could that have happened in Gros Islet?

    • St lucia BEEN had a really bad Drug, gun and human sex trafficking problem since the KDA government! Only now human sex trafficking is significantly on the rise overtaking drugs and guns because it’s quicker and more money than drugs and guns! St lucian mothers watch your young teenage daughters closely and fathers guard your families intensely. Where I live in the United States near the Mexican border there are at least 3 amber alerts that come through citizens cell phones every day alerting of children being kidnapped by UNKNOWN SUSPECTS. Once your kid is being shipped bound into the Mexican border then frere-ah….well cwappo smoke your pipe! Stay vigilent st lucia, these drug cartels are also into the human teenage girl trafficking! THE TRUTH IS SEX REALLY SELLS!!!!

  5. speaking of trafficking that lambards case just died there along with is attorney Marcus foster eh. is that doctor still in prison or he did his time and is deported.

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