The Permanent Secretary in Saint Lucia’s Department of Home Affairs and National Security, Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey, is calling on nationals to make use of the Trafficking In Persons Hotline.
“Victims or persons who observe this crime in progress or are aware of a potential case should call the 847 hotline and report the information to the Police,” Bailey, who is also Chairperson of the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons Task Force, said.
Her comments were expressed in a statement to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The day was recognized worldwide on July 30, 2019.
“In relation to Trafficking In Persons, we at the Department of Home Affairs and National Security would like the public to know it, see it and report it- which is the slogan for our ongoing public relations campaign,” Bailey explained.
She said the department launched the campaign in January, with public service announcements being run on the media and the National Television Network (NTN) for the past several months.
“We urge people to increase their own awareness on Trafficking In Persons by going on the internet to read more about this form of modern slavery. We also have the Human Trafficking Facebook Page which contains a wealth of information on the issue,” the Permanent Secretary stated.
The Department of Home Affairs and National Security says it is working assiduously to launch a brand new website to provide the public with more access to information.
“We are currently working closely with the website developer on completing this initiative. The public can also look forward to hearing from us again very soon. We have a lot of ideas that we want to undertake so that we can keep everyone sensitized and interested. Trafficking In Persons is a very dangerous activity and we need people to always be on the alert,” Communications Officer, Claudia Monlouis said.
The US State Department ranked Saint Lucia at Tier Two in 2018 and 2019 respectively for its efforts in addressing Trafficking In Persons at the local level.