Saturday 24 October, 2020

T&T maintains Tier 2 ranking in 2020 US Trafficking in Persons Report

Trinidad and Tobago has maintained its Tier 2 rank in the United States Department of State Trafficking in Persons (TiPs) Report 2020.

The Ministry of National Security issued a statement on Wednesday noting that this was, in part, due to the Government’s efforts to combat human trafficking, mainly through the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU).

Countries in Tier 2 are those whose governments are recognized as making significant efforts to meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards.

The report acknowledges several measures which have been taken by the Government to improve this country’s counter-trafficking efforts, including the prosecution of suspected human traffickers; the increase in anti-trafficking training for officials, including frontline officers, judges and magistrates; and the heightened collaboration between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Special Operations Response Team and intelligence body to monitor suspicious establishments.

The Ministry says it takes note of the recommendations made in the report, specific to Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile, it says the CTU continues to work closely with partner agencies, NGOs and civil society to increase public awareness of human trafficking and reduce incidents of Trafficking in Persons locally.

Those who know of or suspect human trafficking activity should contact the CTU toll-free Hotline at 800-4288 (4CTU).

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